Inside Biotech Podcast

Inside Biotech is an exciting new podcast from BCLA, which focuses on the science behind SoCal’s most innovative new biotech companies. This monthly podcast, hosted by Dr. Yewande Pearse, Media & Marketing Associate at BCLA, is the perfect way for LA’s biotech community to stay informed about current progress and developments, and features conversations with scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors about the cutting edge science that goes on inside their companies. On Inside Biotech, science story-telling meets big business, touching on a range of themes from across the world of southern California’s biotechnology industry. 

Series 1: Alternative Careers in Biotech
Episode 1: Kayleen Sabino

Cannabis use has skyrocketed in Los Angeles (LA). From March 2018 to March 2019, the percent increase of the use of this substance in LA was a whopping 62%. 

Interested in learning more about how this Los Angeles staple goes from the plant to your pocket safely? Join Dr. Yewande Pearse PhD, Social Media Associate at Biotech Connection Los Angeles, as she speaks with Kayleen (Leong) Sabino, Vice President of Operations at Cannalysis - an LA based company that focuses on efficiently testing new cannabis products so that they meet state guidelines. Sabino virtually sat down to discuss how Cannalysis does it and what the future of the cannabis industry in LA might look like moving forward. 

Episode 2: Nadja Oertelt and Allan Lasser 

Science news is important. It enables a person to keep up on the latest issues, discoveries, and problems, making topics like the COVID-19 pandemic less daunting and devastating. Science news, however, is often inaccessible, hard to read, or rampant with misinformation. Enter Massive Science: a scientific content and media company which is powered by a “Massive Science Consortium” -- a group of scientific experts from over 50 countries, in over 150 fields, and at over 700 institutions who become expert science storytellers as part of their training through Massive Science. Join Dr. Yewande Pearse in BCLA’s second episode of Alternative Careers in Biotech as she chats with the two founders of Massive Science, Nadja Ortelt and Allan Lasser!

Episode 3: Anna Skaya

Drawn by the pitter patter of their little paws, the sweet purrs, and the source of unconditional companionship and friendship, cats (felis cactus) have been interacting and coexisting with humans for the last 8,000 years. However, despite our long history with cats, very little is known about them, especially in comparison to dogs. One LA-based startup is attempting to close this gap. Basepaws works to create a genomic database that enables the company to learn more about cat breeds, traits, and their health. The goal is built on the idea that understanding cats genetically will enable us to better serve cats and improve their lives. Join Dr. Yewande Pearse and Anna Skaya, founder of Basepaws, to learn more about Basepaws and their mission.