Episode 83 – How to design game changing drugs through genetics with Alison Cutts of Xenon Pharmaceuticals

The Genetic Code. It represents the very instructions of life itself. Yes the many genes that make up every living organism have an in depth story to tell. They contain vast volumes of information that we’re only just beginning to explore the possibilities of. In the realm of science it may just be one of the fastest growing areas of study, as well as perhaps one of the most critical to the future of life itself.

But what about the business side? More and more we are seeing and hearing about practical business applications of genetics. From companies like 23andme that will send you back your genetic sequence from a mailed in DNA sample, to pharmaceutical companies partnering with geneticists to develop the next wave of innovative drugs.

Alison Cutts, of Nelson, BC is helping lead a team working on developing, among other things a better drug to combat pain in a new and innovative way using genetics. The surprising part? She’s doing it from her home office n Nelson, BC along with her team located on the coast. I sat down with Alison to dive into the fascinating world of genetics and learned how it’s done, how it’s helping us all be healthier people, as well as the cautions and ethics of such a powerful science.

Discover gene mutations of ultra-rare diseases and use that knowledge to develop new pharmaceutical products from your home office in Nelson, BC? You can do that here!



About the podcast: The You can do that here! podcast was created and produced by Andrew Zwicker of AZcreative for the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology. The podcast is a weekly series of conversations with some of the most innovative and successful entrepreneurs


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