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Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers

Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers

The podcast that democratizes medical technology and meets the people who are transforming this field.

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#9 – Creating the Gran Turismo of surgery – Raimundo Sierra – VirtaMed

Raimundo Sierra is the Founder and CEO from VirtaMed, a Swiss company specialized in surgical simulation systems, covering interventions in orthopaedics, gynecology, laparoscopy and urology, providing true-to-life training for aspiring surgeons and established ones, as part of their continuing education. At the edge of robotics and gaming, Raimundo takes us through the origins of this extremely ambitious project, explaining how the first systems from VirtaMed where developed, and how they currently fit in the diverse surgical curricula provided by established institutions in Europe, China and the US. Beyond the volume of training that such platforms can offer and the positive repercussions in terms of operative results, they also provide equitable access to surgical training, a point that is particularly close to Raimundo's heart given his personal experience. Timeline: 01:36 - Raimundo’s background and what led him to the world of surgical simulation systems 07:33 - The origins of VirtaMed and what differentiates its solutions from medical devices 11:24 - How surgical simulation systems are integrated to medical curricula 16:16 - The components of VirtaMed surgical simulation systems 20:38 - VirtaMed’s global footprint and driving adoption of its products 24:58 - The potential of emerging technologies like machine learning in the field of surgical simulation 27:11 - How VirtaMed works with surgeons 34:47 - VirtaMed’s business model What we also talked about with Raimundo: Stefan Tuchschmid AANA AGA Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin B. Braun Melsungen AG Bruno Schmied Dieter Hahnloser Melanie Aregger Avelo We cited with Raimundo some of the past episodes from the series: #2 - Treating liver cancer with surgical robotics - Lucien Blondel - Quantum Surgical #7 - Redefining motor rehabilitation with digital neurotherapeutics - Naveed Ejaz - Mindmaze If you want to know more about VirtaMed, we invite you to consult their website and follow their activities on LinkedIn. As mentioned by Raimundo in the episode, you can learn more about the field of surgical simulations and the latest trends in that regard through the following sources: Society for Simulation in Healthcare The PROFICIENCY project You can get in touch with Raimundo by email: [email protected] If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] And if you liked the episode, don’t hesitate to share it, subscribe to the podcast and leave a positive review on streaming platforms! You can follow our activities through our website, over LinkedIn, or on Instagram!
September 15, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Raimundo Sierra on creating the most realistic surgical simulation system

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September 15, 2022
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#8 – Using organoids to transform drug discovery – Nikolce Gjorevski – Roche

Disclaimer: Nikolce and I both work for Roche, nevertheless all opinions expressed in this episode are our own and do not necessarily represent the position of our employer. Nikolce is leading the Organoid Engineering Group at the Roche Institute for Translational Bioengineering. Organoids are miniaturised versions of the organs and tissues that make up our bodies, sharing phenotypic and genetic aspects of them. They carry a lot of hope in terms of applications in healthcare, from the replacement of animal testing involved in the assessment of drug safety and efficacy, to personalized medicine where they can be leveraged to inform the treatment most suitable to a particular patient, or in terms of potential transplants to address certain diseases. We exchanged with Nikolce on the what, the how and the why behind this fascinating field of bioengineering, which tremendously developed over the past years. He takes us through the current status of the technology and the clinical applications it has already demonstrated, and shares his view on how the field will evolve in the future. Timeline: 03:13 - Mandate and ambition of the Roche Institute for Translational Bioengineering 06:18 - What organoids are and from which tissues they are derived 09:53 - Reprogramming cells’ fates from tissues and deriving induced pluripotent stem cells 11:05 - Growing organoids in vitro and related challenges 13:50 - Applications leveraged at the ITB and the types of tissues at stake 15:55 - Refining the biology and turning the theoretical promises around organoids into practice 20:38 - Towards the use of organoids as human grafts or replacing animal testing 22:37 - Organ-on-a-chip technologies and how they complement organoids 26:17 - Synergies with bioprinting technologies and the challenges that come along with building tissue replicas 28:03 - Looking back at the main advancements since the first organoids came out and their ability to recapitulate features proper to a patient 33:56 - The ethical framework around the use of organoids 37:38 - Moving from Academia to the Industry as a scientist What we also talked about with Nikolce: Matthias Lütolf Hans Clevers Mina Bissell Celeste M. Nelson Nathalie Brandenberg Silke Hoehnel Sun Bioscience Cellink Embryonic stem cells HeLa cells If you want to learn more about the Roche Institute for Translational Bioengineering, we encourage you to consult their website. As mentioned by Nikolce during the episode, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Stem Cell Technologies are two information sources worth checking out in case you want to take a deep-dive into what organoids are, and go further into the topics we discussed with him. If you want to reach out to Nikolce, you can contact him over LinkedIn. If you liked the episode, please share it, rate it and leave a 5 star review on Apple Podcasts! You can find more about the podcast through its dedicated website or follow our activities on LinkedIn and Instagram. If you want to give me feedback on this episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected]
August 30, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Nikolce Gjorevski on transforming personalized medicine with organoids

Disclaimer: Nikolce and I both work for Roche, nevertheless all opinions expressed in this episode are our own and do not necessarily represent the position of our employer. To discover the whole episode type “#8 - Using organoids to transform drug discovery - Nikolce Gjorevski - Roche” on your streaming platform.
August 30, 2022
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#7 – Redefining motor rehabilitation with digital neurotherapeutics – Naveed Ejaz – MindMaze

Naveed Ejaz is VP Product Strategy and Clinical Development (formerly Director of Digital Therapies) at MindMaze, the very first unicorn from Switzerland, pioneering the fascinating field of digital neurotherapeutics. Underneath these fluffy terms lies the concept of “software-as-a-medicine”, where pieces of code come together to drive a behavioural intervention, enabling patients suffering from neurological diseases to improve their condition. In the area of neurology where pharmaceutical and medical device solutions have been limited, this field opens up promising perspectives in terms of extended care delivery, stronger engagement from patients towards their treatment plans, and facilitated care coordination. We talked with Naveed about how video games could be leveraged to create an engaging therapy for the benefits of patients suffering from neurological diseases, the challenges that companies involved in the field of digital therapeutics face, MindMaze’s vision to build an integrated platform delivering cutting-edge rehabilitation programs for patients, and why all of that is not purely about technology but rather engaging the patients as much as all healthcare professionals surrounding them. We also get a sneak peek at the activities led within MindMaze Labs, the R&D division of the company partnering with institutions like Formula One to understand better how the brain works under extreme situations! Timeline: 04:43 - Naveed’s background and what drove him towards neuroscience and neurorehabilitation 13:03 - What digital neurotherapeutics are and what “software-as-a-medicine” entails 20:30 - Conceptual acceptability towards digital neurotherapeutics in healthcare 23:38 - The benefits of gamification in neurorehabilitation therapies 29:44 - How the rehabilitation therapies from MindMaze are designed 42:57 - The key characteristics of a therapeutic video game that keeps patients engaged 47:15 - Rehabilitating fine dextrous motion versus gross movement 52:04 - Naveed’s role as VP Product Strategy and Clinical Development (formerly Director of Digital Therapies) 55:03 - Initiatives led by MindMaze Labs R&D center and partnering with Formula One What we also talked about with Naveed: BrainGate John Krakauer Johns Hopkins University MindMaze Labs Formula One If you want to know more about MindMaze, we invite you to consult their website and follow their activities on LinkedIn. As mentioned by Naveed in the episode, if you want to know more about the field of digital neurotherapeutics and the latest trends in that regard, have a look at Rock Health (and subscribe to their newsletter) and MobiHealthNews. You can get in touch with Naveed through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] And if you liked the episode, don’t hesitate to share it, subscribe to the podcast and leave a positive review on streaming platforms! You can follow our activities through our website, over LinkedIn, or on Instagram!
August 1, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Naveed Ejaz on the concept of software-as-a-medicine

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August 1, 2022
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[SPECIAL EDITION] – Saul Marquez – Outcomes Rocket

This is a special episode where we receive Saul Marquez, host of Outcomes Rocket, one of the leading podcast series in the healthcare space, having already interviewed key opinion leaders from the field throughout more than 1000 episodes! The format of the podcast is slightly different from the episodes produced so far as part of Impulse, with shorter conversations and a stronger business focus. The range of topics covered though is unprecedented: with testimonials from people working in the industry (from startups to big corporations), Academia, healthcare providers, or in insurance firms. It’s hard not to say that they’ve probably already covered all the potential topics the field may offer! Outcomes Rocket is available at the following platforms: Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts Overcast You can find out more about Outcomes Rocket through their website, we also invite you to follow their activities on LinkedIn and subscribe to their newsletter. If you want to reach out to Saul, feel free to contact him through LinkedIn! If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected]  And if you liked the episode, don’t hesitate to share it, subscribe to the podcast and leave a positive review on streaming platforms!
July 14, 2022
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#6 – Bringing back walking to paraplegics – Jocelyne Bloch – .NeuroRestore

Bringing back mobility to those who lost it. This is the challenge that Jocelyne Bloch, neurosurgeon at the CHUV, together with the neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine from EPFL and their teams at .NeuroRestore and Onward set out to address. A decade after demonstrating that the technology developed by Prof. Courtine’s lab was able to bring back lower limb mobility to paraplegic rats, it has now been applied to humans in a research context through their joint work with phenomenal outcomes: most paraplegic patients implanted with the stimulation system they have developed were able to retrieve significant mobility of their lower limbs, enabling them to stand, walk and even climb stairs! Based on an electrode array coupled to a pulse generator (both fully implantable) remotely controlled, the system delivers selective stimulation of the spinal cord at the locations where the lower limb muscles are activated, in a sequence that replicates the mobility patterns that abled people demonstrate. Images of patients having experienced this technology, moving out of their wheelchair to stand and walk, have been seen throughout the world, and the hope that it brings for those concerned is immense, considering also the other applications that it could open for the rehabilitation of the upper limbs or for blood pressure regulation. In the latest episode from Impulse, we had the chance to sit down with Jocelyne and exchange with her on the infancy of this therapy, where she takes us through its working principle, the challenges that come along with bringing such a technology from the lab to the market, as well as on the life-changing benefits it may hold for patients in the future. With great humility, she also talks about how she manages to combine her clinical practice as a functional neurosurgeon, to leading a research group composed of over 80 collaborators, all of that while raising two children and with a husband at home! Timeline: 05:20 - Jocelyne’s background and what led her to functional neurosurgery 08:18 - Approach taken to enable paraplegic rats to walk again and moving towards human applications 14:55 - The first human implantation 17:20 - Towards autonomous mobility renewal 18:25 - The STIMO study focusing on mobility and upcoming trials 21:03 - Managing expectations of patients 23:20 - Making a viable therapy with a reasonable rehabilitation training phase 26:17 - Leveraging potential synergies with exoskeletons 27:23 - Current technological constraints 28:34 - Origins and purpose of .NeuroRestore, and the close collaboration with Onward 33:03 - Towards upper limbs and hands rehabilitation therapies 34:10 - Retrieving sensory feedback thanks to the current therapy 35:23 - Adding brain-computer interaction layers to the current therapy 37:56 - Staying on top of things when working as a neurosurgeon, leading a clinical research center, and a family life 39:41 - Evolving as a woman in the field of neurosurgery What we also talked about with Jocelyne: Grégoire Courtine Patrick Aebischer Jean-Guy Villemure Bogdan Draganski Baroreflex Neuroprosthetics Neuroplasticity EEG ECoG CHUV UNIL EPFL Medtronic Elon Musk We cited with Jocelyne some of the past episodes from the series: #3 – Augmenting the lives of paraplegics with exoskeletons – Tristan Vouga – Twiice #5 – Transforming diagnostics through spatial biology – Déborah Heintze – Lunaphore If you want to know more about .NeuroRestore, we invite you to consult their website. We also invite you to follow their activities on LinkedIn. If you are interested in learning more about the startup Onward, we invite you to check out their website as well as their LinkedIn page. You can contact Jocelyne by email: [email protected] If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected]
July 5, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Jocelyne Bloch on decoding brain signals to enable mind-controlled stimulation of the spinal cord

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July 5, 2022
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#5 – Transforming diagnostics through spatial biology – Déborah Heintze – Lunaphore

Transforming our understanding of how our immune system works and how certain pathologies like cancer unfold: that is the mission to which Lunaphore has committed since 2014. Through a cutting-edge platform capable of accelerating complex staining and imaging procedures, the Swiss startup is pioneering what is now named “spatial biology”, recognized by the journal Nature as Method of the Year 2020. Applicable to many disease areas, the field carries great hopes in bringing to light new insights that will accelerate drug discovery and drive the development of personalized therapies in the long run. Its power resides in the possibility to analyze multiple biomarkers in parallel, while preserving the spatial properties of the tissue studied. Alongside Ata Tuna Ciftlik and Diego Dupouy, Déborah Heintze is one of the three co-founders of Lunaphore. She joined the adventure soon after the completion of her curriculum in biomedical engineering, the same day that an offer was made to her by a large company for a position that would have been synonymous with stability and comfort from the outset. The gamble paid off, as she now leads as Chief Marketing Officer the product and marketing efforts of the startup, which has been recognized many times as one of the most innovative and promising emerging companies in the Swiss ecosystem. She takes us through the origins of the project, explaining how the opportunity to co-found the startup arose, how the technology they developed functions, and how spatial biology will revolutionize the way we understand immunology and the promises it holds in the fight against many diseases. Timeline: 01:50 - Déborah’s background and evolution within Lunaphore since its creation 04:48 - How Lunaphore emerged from a PhD thesis 06:49 - How the opportunity co-found a startup emerged 10:22 - What the technology from Lunaphore is about 12:27 - Paving the way of spatial biology for diagnostic purposes 16:48 - The promise that spatial biology holds in our understanding of pathologies like cancer and how Lunaphore is supporting it 20:04 - The features and functioning of LabSat® and COMET™ 22:50 - Dealing with the analysis of large pathology data volumes 25:24 - Transitioning from research applications to clinical ones 27:50 - Deploying LabSat® and COMET™ in labs while making sure the onboarding remains flawless for users 29:29 - The time and efforts required to build these platforms from scratch up to their market launch 33:37 - Moving towards new applications and disease areas 35:08 - How the technology from Lunaphore is transforming the staining and imaging workflows from labs 38:39 - Evolving as a woman in the medical technology entrepreneurial sphere What we also talked about with Déborah : EPFL Technology Transfer Office Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology CHUV Spatial biology Immunostaining Microfluidics Cytometry Omics DistalMotion Sophia Genetics We cited with Déborah some of the past episodes from “Impulse - Meeting Healthcare Pioneers”: #2 - Treating liver cancer with surgical robotics - Lucien Blondel - Quantum Surgical If you want to know more about Lunaphore, we invite you to consult their website. As mentioned in the episode, we strongly recommend you to check out their blog which aims to democratize spatial biology and all of its aspects in a simple yet informative manner. We also invite you to follow their activities on LinkedIn or through their newsletter (subscription link available through the company website). You can contact Déborah through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] And if you liked the episode, don’t hesitate to share it, subscribe to the podcast and leave a positive review on streaming platforms!
May 31, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Déborah Heintze on spatial biology and its potential applications in diagnostics

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May 31, 2022
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#4 – Fighting sepsis with nanoengineered beads to filter the blood – Lukas Langenegger – Hemotune

One consequence of the covid-19 crisis we are still going through is sepsis, a lethal misguided reaction of the immune system following an infection, currently responsible for 11 million deaths yearly on a global scale. Together with his team, Lukas Langenegger is addressing this life-threatening condition using a unique technology leveraging magnetic microscopic beads that enable the filtration of blood and the removal of toxic compounds circulating through the body during such a medical episode. The so-called Hemosystem is akin to a dialysis machine where the traditional membrane filter is replaced by a solution containing these beads. Offering a very large surface area, they are used to selectively trap key toxic compounds known to contribute to sepsis: their removal enables in fact to reestablish the immune balance of the patient, leading to drastically improved outcomes. This disruptive technology has been rewarded and praised multiple times in the Swiss medtech sphere and the media. Lukas himself has already been featured in the German issue of Forbes, as a recognition for the pioneering work and contribution that he and his team are bringing in the fight against this terrible condition. We exchanged with Lukas on his professional path, which started in the world of banking before moving towards chemical engineering and the start of a PhD, which he interrupted after a few months to embrace the entrepreneurial route. He guides us with passion through the genesis of Hemotune, the functioning of the system they have created and the surprising development perspectives that such a platform could allow, from the treatment of cancer up to the extension of our longevity! Timeline: (01:05) - Introduction to Lukas’ background and the origins of Hemotune (02:12) - Transitioning from banking to chemical engineering (04:59) - Quitting a PhD to become an entrepreneur (07:34) - Bringing multiple specialties together to found Hemotune (08:58) - Finding support from the Swiss ecosystem to kick start your own firm (09:49) - Hemotune’s technology and its first indication: sepsis (11:17) - Understanding the mechanisms of sepsis and the lack of current recovery treatment (14:20) - Timing of the intervention for patients using the Hemosystem (15:01) - Current standard of care and keeping patients suffering from sepsis alive (16:22) - Reestablishing the immune balance thanks to the Hemosystem (18:10) - Towards magnetic microscopic beads tailored to each patient (19:56) - The Hemosystem workflow and blood filtering cycles (20:57) - Engineering the magnetic microscopic beads (22:30) - Preventing toxicity from the beads towards the blood (26:00) - The development roadmap of the Hemosystem and its foreseen availability (30:18) - Moving towards other indications (e.g. cancer, autoimmune diseases, longevity) (32:02) - Establishing a new treatment modality at the interface of a drug and a medical device (33:15) - Addressing the burden of antimicrobial resistance What we also talked about with Lukas : Carlos Andrea Mora Corinne Hofer Precision Medicine ETHZ MIT Functional Materials Laboratory from Prof. Wendelin Stark HLA-DR Kurz Gesagt Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive Leo Grünstein Spiden If you want to know more about Hemotune, we invite you to consult their website: https://www.hemotune.ch/ We also invite you to follow their activities on LinkedIn or through their newsletter (subscription link available through the company website). You can contact Lukas through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected]
May 1, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Lukas Langenegger on blood filtration and its applications for the extension of our longevity

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April 28, 2022
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#3 – Augmenting the lives of paraplegics with exoskeletons – Tristan Vouga – Twiice

Wearables bringing back the ability to walk for paraplegics: this is the world in which Tristan Vouga is evolving. Passionate by the field of robotics and willing to have an impact on society, he turned his PhD thesis into the Swiss startup Twiice. The company is developing a modular exoskeleton, bringing back the ability for its users to stand, walk, climb stairs and even go on a ski tour! Beyond the technological achievement and the numerous awards it has won in international contests, their platform has the potential to transform the lives of many paraplegics as well as amputees. We talked with Tristan about his transition from PhD student to entrepreneur, about their exoskeleton capabilities, the feelings of “ownership, embodiement and agency” that are key to a seamless human-machine interaction, and about how innovation can be derived from science-fiction! Timeline: (01:44): Tristan’s introduction and background in wearable robotics (03:22): Moving to the US to explore brain-controlled exoskeletons (08:10): Description of the exoskeleton Twiice, how it operates and supports paraplegics (10:52): The importance of embodiment, ownership and agency in human-machine interactions (12:42): Leveraging brain signals to control wearable exoskeletons (14:03): Generating haptic feedback to enhance the feelings of ownership, embodiment and agency (15:57): Developing an exoskeleton for ski touring (18:38): Exploring new use cases for amputees (21:01): Innovative commercial models to distribute the cost of ownership among patients (22:59): A clinical trial to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of Twiice in a community setting (24:29): Seamless human-machine interaction as a key differentiator (26:16): Moving towards an exoskeleton not requiring crutches (30:20): The Cybathlon and competing against other exoskeletons (35:02): Dealing with the frustration of access hurdles for patients (36:11): Coping with the demand from patients while driving R&D efforts (38:17): Transitioning from PhD student to entrepreneur (40:18): Drawing inspiration from science-fiction What we also talked about with Tristan: EPFL ETHZ Duke University ReHassist The Nicolelis Lab Neuralink The triad: embodiment-ownership-agency Boston Dynamics The Cybathlon The Global Innovation Challenge Blade Runner Testmate Health We cited with Tristan some of the past episodes from the podcast: #1 - Measuring your arterial age to prevent heart diseases - Ted Baldwin - Imageens
March 30, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Tristan Vouga on developing an exoskeleton for ski touring

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March 28, 2022
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#2 – Treating liver cancer with surgical robotics – Lucien Blondel – Quantum Surgical

Lucien Blondel is one of the leading figures in the field of surgical robotics, having already led the development of several platforms supporting orthopaedic, spinal and brain surgeries. Together with Quantum Surgical, which he co-founded alongside Bertin Nahum, Fernand Badano and Sophie Roca, they are addressing liver cancer through a new robotic platform supporting ablation procedures. Under the name of “Epione” (the goddess of care in the Greek mythology), it represents a breakthrough in this field, not only supporting surgeons in the execution of the ablation procedure, but also in the planning phase up to the validation of the surgical act. Through a combination of cutting-edge image processing technology, computer vision and haptics, Epione is on its way to revolutionize interventional oncology and improve access to liver cancer ablation, for patients and for surgeons. We exchanged with Lucien on his background, what brought him to surgical robotics, the specificities of this field, his role in leading the technical development of Epione, and its underlying promise in the cure of liver cancer. Timeline: 02:09 - 04:11: Lucien’s introduction and background in surgical robotics 04:51 - 07:04: How he got into this field and what drove his interest to it 07:43 - 13:25: The uprising of surgical robotics and key developments over the past years 14:16 - 19:36: Identifying the right disease area and type of intervention 20:02 - 22:15: The type of cancer targeted by Epione and the surgical act it complements 22:49 - 24:53: Enabling percutaneous ablation beyond interventional radiologists 25:02 - 26:37: Applications of Epione beyond liver cancer 27:20 - 32:22: Epione’s components and workflow 32:51 - 35:13: Synchronizing the patient’s breathing to the robotic arm positioning 35:43 - 38:06: Synergies between Epione and other platforms previously developed by Lucien and his team 38:22 - 40:56: Moving towards fully autonomous surgical interventions 41:20 - 42:22: The meaning behind “Epione” 43:11 - 45:21: Suggested resources to dig deeper into surgical robotics 45:34 - 47:55: The “Why” What we also talked about with Lucien: ROSA Epione Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery Versius Surgical Robotic System Da Vinci Surgical Systems ExcelsiusGPS Gustave Roussy Institute Mayo Clinic The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery If you want to know more about Quantum Surgical, we invite you to consult their website: https://www.quantumsurgical.com/ You can contact Lucien through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected]
February 28, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Lucien Blondel on surgical robotics and maximizing their potential in a clinical setting

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February 26, 2022
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#1 – Measuring your arterial age to prevent heart diseases – Ted Baldwin – Imageens

Cardiovascular diseases represent the leading cause of deaths worldwide. Despite the permanent progress in the treatment of such conditions, targeted prevention approaches remain a key solution to address this issue. This is the challenge that Imageens, a Paris-based startup led by Ted Baldwin, is tackling through the application of artificial intelligence to medical imaging, with the aim to quantify your arterial age. This specific biomarker unvails unique opportunities to anticipate heart conditions for people at moderate risk, with the promise to inform better clinical care decisions. We exchanged with Ted on the burden that cardiovascular diseases represent on a global level, the power of AI applied to medical imaging to discover early indicators of these pathologies, and how these insights can drive better personalized prevention programs to stay away from them. Timeline: 01:50 - 05:18: origins of Imageens 06:23 - 08:16: unmet need that Imageens is addressing 08:53 - 12:56: existing cardiac risk scores and the arterial age concept 13:10 - 15:36: technical approach to quantify the arterial age using MRI and AI 15:41 - 20:10: relationship between biological and arterial ages 20:32 - 22:56: MESA trial led by Johns Hopkins University and its link to the discovery of cardiac risk scores 23:26 - 30:09: Imageens softwares Artfun+ and LABEL, their functioning and role in predictive imaging biomarkers discovery 30:21 - 31:05: moving beyond MRI to other imaging modalities 31:35 - 33:21: target patient population and access to Imageens technology 33:43 - 36:09: acceptance by physicians and the medical community 36:48 - 37:30: patient journey description 38:00 - 40:24: moving towards predictive analysis of the optimal cardiac prevention program What we also talked with Ted about: Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) MESA trial Framingham risk score Cardiac CT calcium score Ascending aortic distensibility Ted’s TEDx presentation Ganymed Robotics Zoï Altos Labs Qualitiso If you want to know more about Imageens, we invite you to consult their website: https://www.imageens.com/ You can contact Ted through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected] If you want to give me feedback on the episode, ask questions or suggest potential guests, feel free to do so through LinkedIn or by email: [email protected]
February 2, 2022
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[EXTRACT] – Ted Baldwin on the importance of prognostic cardiac biomarkers and prevention

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February 1, 2022
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[TRAILER] – Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers

Welcome to Impulse, the podcast where you will meet the people shaping the current medical advancements, through in-depth conversations about their field of expertise, and the journey that took them where they are now. Its aim is to democratize ongoing advances in medical technology, and introduce listeners to some of its key actors.
January 31, 2022
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About Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers

Impulse invites listeners to meet the people shaping the current medical advancements through in-depth conversations about their field of expertise and the journey that took them where they are now. The podcast aims to democratize ongoing advances in medical technology and to introduce listeners to some of its key actors.

Host

Mathieu Chaffard

Mathieu Chaffard

Mathieu is a French biomedical engineer, trained at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

Passionate about medical technology applied to cardiac indications, he has occupied different technical roles in Europe, including Development Engineer for B. Braun in Berlin and Field Specialist for Abbott in Paris, before moving to project management in the digital health space for Roche Diagnostics in Zürich.

Wishing to share his passion for medical progress on a broad scale and driven by an ongoing desire to learn more about its aspects, he has decided to create his own show where he talks with entrepreneurs, researchers and physicians about their personal journey and the innovative technologies they are developing to transform patients' lives.

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