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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, especially in clinical trials and patient care solutions. Sandra highlights the benefits of inclusivity in research and development, from addressing disparities in healthcare access and outcomes to enhancing patient solutions. She emphasizes the importance of involving marginalized communities and a variety of perspectives beyond traditional categories, which leads to breakthrough innovations in healthcare. Additionally, Sandra discusses the challenges and opportunities in data management, particularly in the era of big data and AI, underscoring the need for quality data that represents all populations. The podcast touches on the impact of COVID-19 on telemedicine and decentralized clinical trials, pushing for more agile and inclusive practices in healthcare research and development. Sandra's insights provide a compelling look into how technology and diversity are driving forces behind more effective and equitable healthcare solutions.

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