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Season 4 Episode 20: A Conversation with Travera


This week Mary and Alex speak with Cliff Reed, Founding CEO, and Dennis Watson, VP Business Development, of Travera, a company specializing in new technology enhancing the landscape of late stage cancer treatment.



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Episode Highlights

  • Intro [0:13]

  • Welcome Back! [1:25]

  • Guest introductions [1:44]

  • M.I.T. technology [3:42]

  • Genomics and DNA sequencing [3:58]

  • Limited patients [4:05]

  • New measurement tool [4:48]

  • MIT/Dana Farber Cancer Institute partnership [5:32]

  • Infectious disease comparison [5:48]

  • Multiple Myeloma [6:38]

  • “Cheat code” [7:30]

  • Commercial launch [9:09]

  • Test offered for free [10:15]

  • Working with physicians [10:55]

  • Trial and error process for patient [13:20]

  • Advocacy groups [15:25]

  • Patient profile [16:01]

  • Cancer mutation [17:57]

  • Access to live cancer cells [18:38]

  • Quick turn-around for results[21:30]

  • No additional burden on patient [23:35]

  • Early stage testing and limited data [24:28]

  • Predictive accuracy over 80% [25:12]

  • Late stage cancer patients [26:25]

  • Response from oncology community [28:00]

  • Difference in this x vivo test [29:25}

  • No financial risk [30:00]

  • Great value to research and future patients [31:57]

  • MIT intent [34:57]

  • Great creative minds in scientific research [36:15]

  • Future of Travera’s efforts [36:55]

  • The bigger plan [39:01]

  • FDA approval/CLIA certification [40:05]

  • Laboratory Developed Test (LDT) [40:21]

  • Potential to greatly benefit newly diagnosed patients[41:49]

  • Microchip specs [43:45]

  • Physics vs biochemistry[46:20]

  • Simple comparison to a diving board [47:05]

  • Speed and logic [49:47]

  • If someone is listening today and is interested [51:30]

  • dwatson@travera.com [52:23]

  • PHI and HIPAA [53:35]

  • Hearing from those who know best [55:03]

  • Thanks for listening! [56:19]

Summary Keywords

Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, cancer, Travera, genomics, DNA, MIT, FDA, CLIA, LDT, cancer research, technology, cancer technology, innovation, groundbreaking, late-stage cancer, stage 4 cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, leukemia




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