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Scaling Robotics with Tessa Lau of Dusty Robotics

April 05, 2022

Scaling Robotics with Tessa Lau of Dusty Robotics

Today we're joined by Tessa Lau, founder and CEO of Dusty Robotics, a Bay Area construction robotics company. We talk to Tessa about the vision for Dusty, how she got started, dealing with supply chain, selling into construction, and her advice for new deep tech founders. If you're interested in robotics, construction, or building hardware startups, then this episode is for you.    Dusty Robotics twitter Dusty Robotics website Tessa Lau twitter Dusty Robotics tik tok videos  ...

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Organ Printing with Melanie Matheu of Prellis Biologics

March 16, 2022

Organ Printing with Melanie Matheu of Prellis Biologics

We talk to Prellis Biologics founder Melanie Matheu about bioprinting organs with Prellis' holographic laser technology, using bioprinted lymph node organoids for antibody discovery, and Melanie's advice for new bio founders with regards to choosing focus and setting early partnerships.  Note: We discuss the January 2022 pig-to-human heart transplant at 13:45. This episode was recorded before we learned that the recipient of the transplant has since passed away.  Get in touch with Prellis— Prellis Twitter Melanie's Twitter Prellis website ...

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Synthetic Biology and Biomanufacturing with Joshua Britton from Debut Biotech

February 22, 2022

Synthetic Biology and Biomanufacturing with Joshua Britton from Debut Biotech

Today we're joined by Dr. Joshua Britton, founder and CEO of Debut Biotech, a cell-free biomanufacturing company. Josh gives us a crash course on synthetic biology and biomanufacturing, walking us through the various methods and promise of this industry that may very well shift industrial production away from fossil fuels. We also get into some of the founding story of Debut, including how Cantos' investment in Debut came to be...hint: it had to do with a cold message.  Shownotes: Power: Limits and Prospects foor Human Survial by Richard Heinberg McKinsey report on synthetic biology Debut Biotech on Twitter ...

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The Deep Tech Decade: Cantos Chats Where Deep Tech is Headed in 2022

February 09, 2022

The Deep Tech Decade: Cantos Chats Where Deep Tech is Headed in 2022

Cantos analysts Amee and Andrew dive into their top predictions for what deep tech might see in 2022.  Shownotes: Our 2022 predictions blog post Trailblazer's List by Mina Fahmi: https://trailblazerlist.xyz/ Loonshots by Safi Bahcall Speed & Scale by John Doerr New funding models in biotech Nuclear energy blog post ...

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RNA Delivery with Anna Perdrix and George Foot of Sixfold Bioscience

January 25, 2022

RNA Delivery with Anna Perdrix and George Foot of Sixfold Bioscience

Today we're joined by Anna Perdrix Rossell and George Foot of Sixfold Bioscience, co-founders of Sixfold Bioscience, a UK based biotech company using computation and advanced chemistry to engineer highly programmable constructs that make the delivery of RNA therapeutics predictable and precise. Sixfold's technology expands the purview of RNA therapeutics from vaccines to all diseases, starting with cancer. In our conversation, we discuss the challenge of RNA delivery, what it's like starting a biotech company totally from scratch (no academic spinout or venture incubation), how to hire a diverse team, and promising areas of biotechnology.    Shownotes: Get in touch with the Sixfold team: Sixfold Bioscience; George Foot; Anna Perdrix Interested in joining the team? Check out open roles here In this episode, we cover:  Sixfold Bioscience and challenges with RNA delivery  How George and Anna started Sixfold Switching between an academia and entrepreneurship mindset Building a biotech totally from scratch Twitter debate—founder led bio vs venture incubation  Building a diverse (majority women!) team and tips for recruitment Sixfold's big vision Broader trends to be excited about in biotech and deep tech ...

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Orbital Ubers with Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski of Atomos Space

January 11, 2022

Orbital Ubers with Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski of Atomos Space

Today we're joined by Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski, cofounders of Atomos Space, an aerospace company transforming how we operate in space with orbital transfer vehicles. In our conversation, we discuss the importance of orbital transfer vehicles or "space taxis", regulations when operating in space, and the early days of Atomos. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Vanessa and William.  Shownotes: Track items in orbit: http://stuffin.space/ Get in touch with the Atomos crew: Atomos Space; Vanessa Clark; William Kowalski  In this episode, we cover:  Orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) Kessler Syndrome  Regulatory landscape in space Working with the government as a private space company Nuclear propulsion How Atomos came to be Early days of fundraising How to hire a rockstar team ...

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