I am BIO Podcast

Powerful stories of biotech breakthroughs, the people they help, and the global problems they solve.

Episode 74  •  Sep 5, 2023  •  28 min
The Horseshoe Crab Saved Us. Can We Save the Horseshoe Crab?
Episode Topic:

The horseshoe crab has endured for over 450 million years. In this episode we talk with three experts about how this animal’s unique blue blood has become essential to modern medicine. We also talk about why horseshoe crab populations are dwindling, and what biotech is doing to address the shortfall.


Episode Guests
Jay Bolden
Director, Global Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company
Deborah Cramer
Science Writer and author of “The Narrow Edge”
Lindsey Silva
Director, Microbiology Global QC Technology, Genentech/Roche
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