What We Listen To

The top podcasts life science professionals should be listening to.

In the 30-60 minutes you spend listening to a podcast show, you are brought into the world of the host and interviewer to glean a better understanding of what drives life science entrepreneurs, and maybe even get a little jazzed by the technological advancements being developed throughout the world. Here is a list of the top podcasts life science professionals should be listening to.

The Long Run with Luke Timmerman*

Listen here: timmermanreport.com
This is no run of the mill C-suite interview of “tell me what your company does and how it will impact healthcare” podcast show. Instead, Luke Timmerman, an Everest-climbing staple in biotechnology journalism, invites top entrepreneurs who are refreshingly willing to discuss the journey of bringing revolutionary technologies to the world. Luke and his guests wade past the canned responses to discuss the good, the bad, and the crazy needed to make it in this industry.

For a special treat, take a listen to Signal podcast , which Luke hosted with Meg Tirrell for short time in 2016. The two of them did an incredible job at explaining how medicines get made.


Listen here: mendelspod.com
Growth in any field comes from connections, sharing ideas, and questioning the standard quo. There is no one more mindful of this process than Theral Timpson, host and producer of Mendelspod. In this podcast show, Theral and his guest, often the who’s who of the life sciences, focus on a question that reexamines current trends and provides a deeper insight to the things going right and what may need to be improved. Theral’s enthusiasm for learning, discovery, and exploring new ways of looking at the state of the industry keep us coming back to his podcast time and time again.

The Readout LOUD*

Listen here: statnews.com
Want to know what has been happening with top pharma and biotech companies in the last week? Tune into STAT’s weekly podcast show with journalists Damian Garde, Adam Feuerstein, and Rebecca Robbins as they rehash the week’s events, give timely shout-outs to The Rock, and throw in a few opportune scandals here and there.

Human Proof Concept!*

Listen here: humanpoc.com
Let’s be real, most life science companies wouldn’t exist without venture capitalists. So what they have to say, who they are saying it to, and how they view the industry are important. Janelle Anderson, managing partner at CTI Life Sciences Fund, leverages that clout to provide industry insights with leading VCs, CEOs, and top executives who shape the space.

The Bio Report*

Listen here: soundcloud.com
Who are the movers and shakers taking the lead at the intersection of biotechnology with business, science, and policy? Veteran journalist Dan Levine knows because he has sat down with countless individuals who have recognized a need in society and have dedicated their lives to finding a solution. These interviews cover everything from the impact of proposed legislation on genetic privacy to presenting a case for calling aging a disease. Tune into this biotech podcast if you are looking for insight on a wide variety of engaging industry topics.

Rad Scientist*

Listen here: kpbs.org
Most of the advancements in the medical realm stem from an initial discovery made in a laboratory by a team of scientists looking at one fairly specific process. This podcast talks to and is hosted by those people: the people at the “eureka moment” who are incrementally adding knowledge to the world. Margot Wohl, who is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at UC San Diego in a Salk Institute laboratory, sits down with San Diego researchers to learn about their studies and, in the process, helps listeners be as amazed by science as she is.

Along these lines, you may also want to check out Science Friday, Science Magazine’s podcast, and The Naked Scientists which explore scientific ideas and research happening around the world.

Healthegy’s Medtech Talk*

Listen here: healthegy.com
Medtech is an exciting industry that is bringing life-changing diagnostics and devices to market. Former bureau chief, venture capital, at Elsevier Business Intelligence, Tom Salemi, interviews executives from medtech companies to tell us about their new technologies, discuss business challenges like regulatory or reimbursement hurdles, and provide insights into taking a company public. At about 30 minutes each, these podcast shows are perfect to put on for your drive to or from work and catch up on what’s happening in the medtech arena.

RARE Daily by Global Genes

Listen here: globalgenes.org
One-on-One Interviews with Newsmakers and Experts.

a16z Podcast

Listen here: a16z.com
Listen to a16z Podcasts where tech, culture trends, news, and the future are discussed.

Venture Valkyrie

Listen here: venturevalkyrie.com
Women in the Field.

Talking Biotech Podcast

Listen here: talkingbiotechpodcast.com


Listen here: maximumfun.org
A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine.

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Listen here: bbc.co.uk
Brian Cox and Robin Ince. Two Scientists’ View of the World.

Science Vs

Listen here: gimletmedia.com
Science Vs separates fads, trends, and opinions from facts.

* Credit: CG Life