Life Sphere: Win the Race Against Time

Life Sphere: Win the Race Against Time

Listen in the first Tuesday of every month when we talk with Leaders in LifeSciences. Each episode of Life Sphere will feature a conversation with thought leaders across a range of skills and disciplines. The guest line-up for season one includes drug commercialization, scientists, marketing and PR, analytics, technologists, Acumen's own in-house experts and more. Through these conversations, Life Sphere will explore industry trends, must-have tools, careers, new skills, as well as (and most importantly!) demonstrate the impact life sciences has on each of us. Guests will share their unique take on the industry, including career advice, experiences, how to overcome hurdles, and more.

Episodes

March 26, 2024 29 mins

In this exciting episode of the Life Sphere Podcast, Kathy Brunner hosts Sandra Torres, a notable figure working at the crossroads of technology, science, and healthcare. With over 12 years of experience, Sandra shares her journey from academia to the private sector, focusing on empowering Ph.D.'s and postdocs in their transition. The conversation delves into the critical role of diverse perspectives in healthcare innovation, ...

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In this episode of the Life Sphere podcast, Kathleen Brunner welcomes guest, Dr. Alicja Santos, CEO of Polonium Foundation. Together they delve into the realms of sustainability, accessibility, healthcare, and global scientific collaboration. The conversation kicks off by exploring the origins of the Polonium Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the scientific diaspora, with its roots tracing back to the disco...

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August 3, 2023 61 mins

This week on the Life Sphere podcast, we take a look back at some of the remarkable guests we've had on the show. And while it's impossible to truly pick a favorite guest or segment, we've curated some stand out moments for you to enjoy. Each guest has contributed to Life Sciences, their specific sector, our podcast and the community in countless ways and we're incredibly grateful for all of them. This episode i...

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In this episode of the Life Sphere podcast, we take a look into the world of prosthetics with our esteemed guest, Dr. Sara Peterson. As the CEO and founder of Wise Women Parliament, Dr. Peterson is a true advocate, educator and certified prosthetist-orthotist dedicated to transforming the lives of women living with limb loss or limb difference. During this captivating conversation, Dr. Peterson sheds light on the crucial distinctio...

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In this episode of the Life Sphere Podcast, host Kathleen Brunner speaks with Michelle Johnson, the CEO of Metrum Research Group who has over 20 years of experience in strategy, operations, marketing and business management. Their conversation delves into leveraging data-driven strategies, embracing technology and digital transformation and staying ahead of technological advancements to drive innovation and remain competitive. They...

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Join host Kathleen Brunner in a another episode of the Life Sphere Podcast as she engages in an enlightening conversation with Melissa Singer Weiss, Principal at Stevenson Search Partners. With nearly 15 years of experience in the Life Sciences industry, Melissa shares her invaluable insights on talent acquisition, company building, and the integration of innovation.

Melissa unveils the distinctive approach of Stevenson Search
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In this episode of the Life Sphere podcast, we are privileged to have Elina Lavit, VP of Business Development at OncoNano Medicine, as our guest. Elina brings over 19 years of leadership experience, having held pivotal roles in organizations spanning start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations. Her expertise encompasses diverse therapeutic areas such as oncology, surgery, cardiology, and neurology, making her insights invaluable.

Wit...

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Welcome to  another episode of the Life Sphere podcast with Kathy Brunner. In this episode, we are delighted to have Savanah L. Saldaña-Shumaker, M.S., an accomplished NMR Chemist at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and remarkable entrepreneur. Savanah's expertise lies in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy within the Division of Preclinical Innovation's Analytical Chemistry Core. Moreover, she...

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On this episode of the Life Sphere podcast, host Kathleen Brunner talks with Marnie Smith, Senior Director of Quality at Network Partners, about her career journey from aspiring doctor to engineer and how it led her to work in the medical device industry. Kathleen and Marnie discuss the role of quality in improving patient outcomes and emphasize the importance of not overcomplicating it. They also delve into the impact of digital t...

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In this episode of the Life Sphere podcast, host Kathleen Brunner speaks with Juliette Vandenbroucque, a Senior Director of Business Development at a leading digital innovator in clinical research. With her extensive international experience spanning PR, scientific communications, global medical affairs, and clinical research, Juliette shares her unique perspective on the intersection of business development and innovation in the l...

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In this episode of the Life Sphere podcast, we explore the economic and social impact of drug development and the potential solutions that technology can offer. Our guest, Dr. Dawn Bell, brings her extensive experience in buy and sell-side BD&L, portfolio strategy, R&D, and commercialization to discuss the challenges of getting drugs to market. Our other guest, Kathy, brings her expertise in technology to the conversation, ...

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In this installment of the Life Sphere podcast, Kathleen Brunner, the host, engages in a professional conversation with Divya Gowdar, a seasoned Quality and Regulatory Professional with a broad range of experience across multiple product portfolios in both small and large Medical Devices and Combination Product Organizations.

Divya's unwavering commitment to enhancing patients' quality of life propelled her to establish Nu...

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In this episode of the Life Sphere Podcast, host Kathleen Brunner interviews Christina Aon, an accomplished pharmaceutical professional. The discussion delves into Christina's illustrious career trajectory, tracing her roots in dietetics and traversing through her extensive experience in the industry. The conversation sheds light on the significance of education and creating awareness among the youth regarding the industry, al...

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In this episode of the Life Sphere podcast, listen to Renee Stewart, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Levolta Pharmaceuticals, as she shares her journey and expertise in the life sciences industry. Renee oversees the pre-clinical small molecule program and patent portfolio at Levolta and is also involved in investor and strategic engagement. As a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives through her involvement ...

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On this episode of Life Sphere we welcome guest Lynn Dickey, PhD. Lynn has an extensive background leading and managing research and development activities across functional groups in product and technology development with a focus on plant made pharmaceuticals. Dr Dickey, was previously the VP of Research and Technology at Biolex Therapeutics. Dr. Dickey oversaw the development of the Lemna plant based core technology including ge...

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Susan Stipa is the Executive Vice President of Public Relations at CG Life. She has a robust and varied career in Life Sciences that has included roles in areas such as engineering, finance, regulatory, manufacturing, healthcare and currently public relations. Susan is a creative at heart with a highly technical background and education. She believes it is important for Life Sciences experts to communicate the technical side of the...

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Ina Sargen is a Senior Vice President at Colliers International. She has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience with a strong corporate client base through her landlord representation, tenant representation, and advisory service assignments, focusing on women-owned/women-led business and the Life Science industry. Ina specializes in advising women business leaders with their real estate decisions and strategies. She is ...

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Nancy J Kelley, JD, is a nationally recognized executive who has driven key strategic initiatives in science and medicine for over 20 years. She has a deep understanding of the healthcare, life science and research fields and has in-depth knowledge of the related legal, business, government, non-profit and academic sectors in New York City and across the country. 

Ms. Kelley's prior leadership history includes work in scientifi...

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Audrey Greenberg is the Co-founder, Chief Business Officer and Board Member of The Center for Breakthrough Medicines. Audrey’s area of expertise is in capital structure, business formation, acquisitions, strategic planning and tactical execution. Audrey’s deep industry experience includes biotechnology, real estate, pharma services, and financial services.Prior to starting The Center for Breakthrough Medicines, Audrey spent several...

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Oxana K. Pickeral, Ph.D., MBA, is an accomplished technology executive with over 25 years of experience in healthcare and the life sciences, spanning from her work on the Human Genome Project to bioinformatics R&D and clinical trials innovation, to advanced analytics and patient engagement technologies. Prior to becoming the President and CEO of Sparta Systems, Dr. Pickeral was the Global Segment Leader for Healthcare and Life ...

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