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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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