Moira Gunn is well known to ITConversations listeners (and US public radio listeners) as the host of the Tech Nation show. A few years ago she began producing a series focused exclusively on biotechnology, BioTech Nation. In March she published a book about the new show: "Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas."
In this conversation Jon Udell and Dr. Moira Gunn discuss what it's like for a computer scientist and engineer to venture into the world of biotechnology, why the decade of biotech may finally have arrived, what makes biotech entrepreneurs special, and how we can use Internet media to enlarge the public understanding of science and technology.
Dr. Moira Gunn is Host of Tech Nation and BioTech Nation, which air in such venues as National Public Radio's Satellite Radio channels NPR Now and NPR Talk, and internationally to 133 countries via Armed Forces Radio International. Tech Nation is the sole national weekly radio program on the impact of technology, and its weekly BioTech Nation segment enjoys the same status in the area of biotech issues.
Gunn's early career at NASA included large-scale scientific computation and global communications, with special emphasis on infrared satellite image processing, computational fluid dynamics, and global climate and weather modeling. Subsequently, she has worked in robotic engineering at IBM, Morton Thiokol, United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed-Martin, Rolls-Royce, and the US Navy.
This free podcast is from our Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators series.