Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kevin Lyman - making doctors faster, more accurate and efficient at treating diseases.

"The goal is not to replace doctors. The goal is to augment them. We like to say that it's not about man versus machine - it's about man plus machine." 
Imagine if we could learn from the experience of every doctor in the world and the data collected from billions of clinical cases. The San Francisco-based company, Enlitic, is using deep learning techniques to harness the collective intelligence of the global medical community. 

"My goal personally is really to advance technology in a meaningful way that will impact a large number of lives.”

Kevin Lyman, Enlitic's Chief Operating Officer and lead scientist, graduated from the private research university, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute RPI) with a BS in Computer Science. He has worked for SpaceX, where he developed sensors and control circuits for the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon space capsule, and Microsoft, where he designed new features for Excel and developed a real-time error monitoring system for Office Online. But now his focus is on healthcare and optimization of the human body’s potential. In this in-depth interview, recorded at TEDMED 2017, Kevin explains his devotion to self-experimentation and diagnostics. He also reveals details of his data-driven quest to lose a huge amount of body weight by applying the principles of engineering.

Kevin Lyman (@ktlyman) is the Chief Operating Officer and lead scientist at Enlitic (@enlitic). Kevin attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute RPI) in Upstate New York where he changed majors eight times before finally graduating in Computer Science. He spoke to LLAMA host Peter Bowes at the 2017 TEDMED conference in La Quinta, near Palm Springs, California. Kevin's ‘Hive innovator' TED talk, will be published on the TEDMED site in the next few months.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Mudit Garg: Qventus - using AI to make hospitals more efficient

Silicon Valley based company, Qventus, is developing an AI system to help medical facilities work more efficiency. Think of it as software that runs an air traffic control system for hospital emergency departments and other vital areas like operating theaters. It could help hospitals save millions by managing the flow of patients much better than human managers are doing at the moment. I met Mudit Garg, Qventus CEO and Co-Founder, at the 2017 gathering of TED MED in California.


Interview first broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Steve Ferrone: Drummer, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

It was an honor to meet Steve Ferrone, drummer with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, this week. 

Reflecting on the sudden death of his longtime friend and bandmate, Steve recalls the moment he heard the tragic news and explains how Petty's death has brought the Heartbreakers closer together as they comfort each other. 

"Tom Petty was one of the most prolific, one of the greatest songwriters ever - he had a way of turning a word and touching people with just a word."

In our interview with Rhod Sharp on BBC 5 LIve’s Up All Night, Steve shares his thoughts about Petty, who he describes as “a great leader.”

December 15, 2017 | LISTEN

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Herb Alpert: Musician

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 36

Herb Alpert, at the age of 82, is showing no signs of slowing down. The American musician has enjoyed a long and hugely successful career as a trumpet player, bandleader, composer, record company co-founder and philanthropist.

Healthy and vibrant, the octogenarian lives a full life, touring, performing and nurturing young talent though the Herb Alpert Foundation, where the mission is to “promote compassion and creativity” in society.  Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass burst on to the music scene the early1960s. Herb is the 'A' in A&M Records, where he had the foresight to sign the Carpenters, Cat Stevens, The Police and many others.

As a solo artist Herb had a number one hit with the instrumental track, Rise.  He is also an accomplished artist and sculptor and has been happily married to the signer Lani Hall for more than 40 years. In this wide-ranging interview Herb explains why he feels three decades younger than his biological age; how he revels in exploring new technology to create music and why he embraces every day with boyish enthusiasm. 

The Christmas Wish album

Herb Alpert's album, The Christmas Wish, the trumpet-player's first in 50 years, is a joy to listen to. It includes some wonderful arrangements of traditional festive tunes. Herb and I sat down recently to talk about his work, for BBC Radio 5 Live, and his continuing zest for life, at 83. 


Originally broadcast, Dec 12, 2017 - BBC 5 Live

Kevin Lamb - a new lens on tackling diabetes and improving health outcomes

Kevin Lamb is the CEO of Advanced Tissue, a US leader in the delivery of wound care supplies. On his blog Kevin shares his thoughts about everything from his latest Hollywood film, Marshall, to the innovative video postcards his company is using to educate patients about wound care. 

2018: Kevin was recently named by Forbes as one of the "10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare In America.” Rhod Sharp and I chatted with Kevin on BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All night.
March 7, 2018 | LISTEN
2017: Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 43 -There are many life-shortening diseases linked to diabetes, but the problem of slow-healing wounds is often overlooked. Approximately 15 percent of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some point and the healing process can be painfully slow. Kevin Lamb is the co-founder and CEO of Advanced Tissue, the US leader in the delivery of wound care supplies.  He is also a man on a mission to educate people about health care and spread the word about life-saving interventions that are accessible to everyone. Kevin is also a film-producer with a critically-acclaimed portfolio of work in Hollywood, such as the drama, Wakefield, starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, and the thriller Marshall. In this in-depth interview, Kevin explains his passion for story-telling; the power of innovation in health care and his personal drive to live a long, healthy and purposeful life. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sophie Andrews - tackling the scourge of loneliness among the elderly one call at a time

Live Long and Master Aging - Episode 42

Loneliness is a silent epidemic affecting elderly populations. Social isolation shortens lives and exacerbates the onset of disease in millions of people, around the world. In the UK, The Silver Line, a free and confidential telephone hotline, was established in 2012 to offer information, friendship and advice to older people.  Founded by the British television presenter Esther Rantzen, the 24-hour service also offers help to those suffering abuse and neglect. The Silver Line is run by Sophie Andrews, who took on the role after serving as the national chairman for the suicide prevention line, Samaritans.  Billed as a ‘helpline hero,’ Sophie spoke about her work and life experiences at the 2017 TEDMED conference in La Quinta, California.  In this in-depth interview, recorded at the conference, she discusses the harrowing abuse she experienced as a child and how it led to a career of service, offering help to others.  Sophie also explains why she prefers to live for the moment, than dwell on her own longevity.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Shirley Bergin: TEDMED

Shirley Bergin is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of TEDMED and the event's Executive Producer.

We chatted at TEDMED 2017 about the process of selecting speakers and what it takes to deliver the perfect TED talk. 

Dec 4, 2017 | LISTEN

Interview first broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live