Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Jo Bhakdi: Changing the paradigm of healthcare

If only we could detect all life threatening diseases before symptoms occur and early enough to reverse the course of those conditions.  We are on the cusp of being able to achieve that.  Significant, recent developments, in the field of genomic testing, mean that scientists are able to pinpoint the warning signs for some major degenerative illnesses, in time to make life-saving interventions. In this episode of the LLAMA podcast, we meet Jo Bhakdi, the founder of Quantgene, a Santa Monica based team of researchers - oncologists, clinicians, technologists, data scientists and business innovators  - who're working to change the paradigm of healthcare.  In conversation with Peter Bowes, Jo discusses his startup company’s mission of defeating cancer and extending human lifespan by ten years, within the next decade. He also reflects on the exploding interest and progress in human longevity research, which has seen the field grow, exponentially, in recent years. 

Recorded: May 30, 2021 | Read a transcript and show notes at the LLAMA podcast website

In this interview we cover:
  • The mission of Quantgene "to combine deep genomics, cloud and artificial intelligence into a new technology stack" to help detect dangerous diseases like cancer.
  • Why the ability to get genomic data points from DNA is an "enormous game changer" in healthcare.
  • The merging of mathematics and complex numeric problems with biology and medicine. 
  • Quantgene's mission of extending the human lifespan by ten years within the next decade. 
  • The business model, cautious investors and taking the technology to the next level
  • Taking the tests - what does it involve?
  • Understanding how medicine and diagnostic work, plus the value of lifestyle information. 
  • What it means to overlay the conventional care system with one based on genomic science, such as Quantgene Serenity.
  • What about people who would simply rather not know about the diseases they are predisposed or likely to develop? 
  • Tying to convince health systems and governments to embrace new ways to diagnose potential ill health. 
  • Adopting a radical philosophy about personal longevity. 
  • Leveraging the "natural stuff" to live long and well. 
  • Given the current science, what is a realistic, maximum lifespan? 

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