Gene-Editing - The Next Game-Changing Technology?

with Tilmann Buerckstuemmer and Thomas Moser, Aelian Biotechnology

In recent years many of the cutting-edge inventions in the life science industry went by unnoticed. Everybody pops a pill once in a while without knowing how much effort has been put behind it.

Since the pandemic, more and more people got interested in

  • public health,

  • drug development,

  • virology and

  • many other disciplines necessary to bring a new vaccine or drug to the patients.

The life science industry showed that with increased collaboration, a novel vaccine could be developed from the lab bench to market within 12 months only. A process that previously took more than five to ten years for development work only.

What other technologies are in development worth looking further into?

The Genomics Revolution

In 2014, Cathie Wood started Ark Invest, which manages ETFs based on what she calls disruptive Platforms of Innovation.

In the Big Ideas Reports 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 she highlighted those Platforms and presented the most recent developments in these fields every year.

One of those 5 Platforms of Innovation is the Genomics Revolution. Her fund invests in companies that are moving innovation forward in these areas:

  • CRISPR

  • Targeted Therapeutics

  • Bioinformatics

  • Molecular Diagnostics

  • Stem Cells

  • Agricultural Biology

Since its inception, the companies in the ARK Genomics Revolution ETF delivered a return of almost 30 percent each year. This is roughly three times the average annual return of an S&P 500 ETF.

Aelian Biotechnology

It is about time to shine a light on these hot topics in the LSG2G Podcast series. One of the European hotspots of Gene Editing is in Vienna.

Aelian Biotechnology is one of the companies that are positioned in this field. The company combines CRISPR screening with single-cell RNA sequencing, leveraging two transformative technologies to enable genetic screening for complex phenotypes.

It utilizes the CRISPR screening workflow to map the impact of thousands of genetic perturbations on the global transcriptome at single-cell resolution, thus effectively establishing a paradigm for next-generation CRISPR screens.

The powerful approach has broad applications in identifying novel drug targets or elucidating unknown mechanisms of actions of drugs.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with the founders

about the past, present, and future of the Genomics Revolution.

In this episode, we will cover questions like:
- How to create a novel life science company focusing on Gene Editing.
- What is Gene Editing?
- Why is there so much excitement around Genomics, CRISPR, and Gene Sequencing?
- Where does it all come from?
- What developments are already in the pipeline that will change society?

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