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Rapid Testing: From Zika to COVID and Beyond (COVID Special)

Season 1, Ep. 8

Since COVID has impacted the world, the next few episodes will focus on the work and science done locally in Austin.

Developing ways to detect viruses is tricky and complex. In response to the Zika virus outbreak in 2015, Alan Blake and Dr. Richard Crockett began trying to make testing for viruses easier and more accessible by creating a hand-held testing device that can be used from the comfort of your own home. With the outbreak of COVID, they quickly pivoted to develop their device to detect this SARS-CoV-2. Listen as they tell you the story of their partnership that started when they were in 6th grade, and culminates in this detection device that they hope to have available soon. The 15 yrs between was spent as the founders of GloFish, the fluorescent aquarium fish that most people would recognize. In this episode, they also share their expertise to shed light on the different types of COVID tests we are all hearing about and help us all understand them a little better.

Guests: Alan Blake and Dr. Richard Crockett

Host: Dan Dillard

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Part 2 - The Business of Biotech & Spitting into Tubes

Season 2, Ep. 11
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Thursday, March 16, 2023

Part 1 - The Journey From Start-Up to Established Company

Season 2, Ep. 10
Previous ABI intern Liz Hampton is back on the show with her colleague Barrett Morrow, who was the first hire at Austin-based diagnostics and testing company Nuclein. Like Angstrom, Nuclein is working on COVID tests, although their goal is to create a cheap, disposable, portable, all-in-one self-test diagnostic device that can help monitor infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Nuclein started out using ABI’s wet lab (which you can learn more about in Season 1), but have since grown out of the space and gone on to work in a larger lab. Barrett talks about his background and how he ended up being Nuclein’s first employee, giving us his first-hand experience in their intensive interview process and sharing what it was like to battle imposter syndrome as a young student trying to break into the bioscience field. Since their time as a start-up at ABI, Nuclein has grown exponentially, and Barrett is now on the other side of the hiring table, doing the interviewing. He shares some insight into what hiring looks like from the company’s perspective, and Liz talks about her experiences transitioning from ABI to working for Nuclein during the pandemic. They talk about what it was like to work for a diagnostics company during a global pandemic, and how their experience has changed at Nuclein since it has taken off and expanded so much in the past couple years. First Nuclein outgrew the lab space at ABI, and then they outgrew their second space, so the growth is continuing as the company flourishes. Barrett and Liz talk about the joys and pains of working for a start-up while it expands, and get into the details of how their roles have shifted since they first started at Nuclein, explaining what it’s like to work for a start-up in the bioscience industry. The close out part one with some insight into a day-in-the-life at Nuclein! Learn more about Nuclein. Learn more about ACC Bioscience Incubator. This is a founding_media podcast
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Community in the Time of COVID

Season 2, Ep. 9
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