My guest today is Dr Daisy Robinton. I met Daisy at Wired Health in London earlier this year where she delivered a tremendous talk about CRISPR-Cas9 and once I heard it, I knew I had to ask her to come here on the program to share her insights and inspiration into the field of bioengineering.

Daisy is a scientist in gene editing at Harvard University studying stem cell biology at the intersection of embryonic development and cancer. Her research focuses on molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and her papers focus on the potential and promise of stem cell research.

In addition to her scientific career, she's also an entrepreneur. Along with Dr Jack Kreindler, she cofounded Weird and Wonderful, which is a production company where they combine the arts with science to make the story of science entertaining and reach a broader audience.

She was recently named one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2017 (and just in the nick of time – she recently celebrated her 30th birthday!). She’s also a fashion and lifestyle model, promoting brands such as Reebok and Garmin, and she’s given a TedX talk (see below) about the potential of gene therapy in treating aging.

Daisy and I spoke about how new technologies such as CRISPR Cas-9 are accelerating the development of new genetic therapies, and how science and society are responding and adapting to the new possibilities bioengineering technologies present. I really enjoyed this conversation, and I think you will as well.

Lightning Round Answers

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
~ Marcel Proust –

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela

2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?
“Anyone looking to innovate needs to be open to shifting their perspective. And be actively trying to see new perspectives. I think innovation can only really come when you are able to shift the reality that you see in front of you and really combine different perspectives together in a new and interesting way.”

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners? 
Evolving Ourselves: Redesigning the Future of Humanity–One Gene at a Time
by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans

Sapiens
by Yuval Noah Harari

4- What tech (software, app, device, etc) do you use that you wouldn’t want to live without?
Facetime

5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?
The field of Neuroimmunology

6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?
Kipp Foundation – The nonprofit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools; provides tools, resources and training for excellent teaching and learning; promotes innovation; and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas across KIPP and other public schools and organizations.

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Dan Kendall studied engineering and found his passion in building businesses. His career in sales, marketing and product development has spanned two continents, and he works with clients around the world to overcome barriers and solve healthcare’s problems. Feel free to message him here and follow him on Twitter.


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