#84: Cuddly AI 🧸
PSA: Pigeons are better at multi-tasking than YOU.
This week: Western drugmakers walk the ethical tightrope, an A&E doctor couple break record for the world’s toughest rowing race and raise a lot of money for essential medicines charities and fed up of picking up dog poo?
News Bites 🥪
🌊 Emergensea Duo break record in 3000-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean - Whilst we were busy scoffing mince pies, this doctor couple took on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Rowing for 51 days straight, the dynamic duo needed more than Lucozade Sport. Luckily NuroKor’s signature bioelectrical systems were able to support their recovery during periods of downtime. Incredible feat!
🥜 Nutcracker Therapeutics secures $167M to advance RNA therapies - In a land of talking toys and fairies…oops, sorry, wrong Nutcracker. Hot on the tail of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, this biotech company looks to harness RNA magic to treat patients suffering from complex diseases.
💊 Western drugmakers walk ethical tightrope over Russian ties - President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has created a unique set of challenges for pharma companies as they try to balance their moral obligation to sick Russians whilst also demonstrating opposition to the war. Moscow has hinted that Indian pharma companies may replace Western manufacturers leaving Russia.
🐾 AI goes cuddly with social robots - The Medical Futurist explores how robotic animals could be the 'purrfect' replacement for our real-life furry friends helping to tackle the very real health issue of loneliness. Robo-Cats, the Musical coming to Broadway soon.
And finally, it’s conference season which means that every man/woman and their (robo)dog share their 2 cents on healthcare…
📣 Director of Transformation at NHS England, Tim Ferris (not the serial lifehacker and author of The 4-Hour Workweek) and Whole Foods CEO deliver their damning blow on the current state of digital health.
What to Listen to 🔊
💪 RSM Digital Health Section: Leading with Compassion in Digital Health - Suki Nahl, growth equity investor at EQT and former member of J.P. Morgan's healthcare team spills the beans on literally everything from current trends, Web3 to compassionate leadership. (A leading force in the healthcare investment space, not one to be missed!)
👩💻 Big Picture Medicine: Clinical Director of Google Health, Dr Susan Thomas - Dr Sultan is back on the Pigeon radar AGAIN with another big shot guest! Former geriatrician, Dr Thomas answers the age-old question - does life really get better the further you climb up the career ladder?
📈 Healthcare Marketing Lead - Eolas Medical has built a platform that organises the world's medical information to make healthcare simpler, safer and smarter. With hospitals globally already using the software as their North Star, they’re looking for an ambitious healthcare professional to build their marketing engine and truly drive growth.
🩺 Royal Society of Medicine: AI Fundamentals: A crash course for clinicians - The AI sector is only going to continue growing, so now’s the time to wrap your head around it.