A COVID-19 Antiviral Treatment
March 16, 2022
Dr. Jean-François Rossignol discusses the development behind a class of antiviral drugs, such as Nitazoxanide and Thiazolides, that stimulate immune cells, activating gene pathways that block viral transformation.
"You're leading an entire population, and you give them a pill for treating their problems, and you cannot have any side effects, any toxicity, or any kind of things like that. You have to have a safe drug. And that's what we did."
Dr. Jean-François Rossignol is the Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Romark Laboratories in Tampa, as well as a professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease at the University of South Florida. He is a scientist, medical chemist, and physician who developed groundbreaking treatments for parasitic diseases.
In this episode, Rossignol talks with host Richard Miles about his recent induction into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame and shares his research on antiviral drug development.
Cleaning Water with the Help of Cacti
Dr. Norma A. Alcantar discusses the mechanisms in cacti ecosystems that can be used to decontaminate water and reflects on the personal inspiration behind her research:
"There were many other things that I learned from my mother and my grandmother, very valuable. And so, I think transferring knowledge from one generation, of our parents and our grandparents to our children...I think that's very valuable. We should not lose that ever."
Dr. Norma A. Alcantar is a Professor of Chemical, Biomedical & Materials Engineering at the University of South Florida.
She is internationally known for her breakthroughs using plant-based technology to decontaminate water. Her research and applications are crucial to future global sustainability and advances in biomedical applications for Alzheimer’s and cancer.
In this episode, Alcantar reflects on her recent induction into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame and shares her research on biomaterial from cactus plants with host Richard Miles.
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Using Artificial Intelligence To Live Longer and Healthier Lives
Susann Keohane discusses how she uses remote sensing to study behavior patterns in the aging population, a project she hopes will help the elderly thrive: "Overall, I really want us to make older adults feel like technology is for them...and it's theirs to be used to, and it should be marketed, advertised, and designed for everyone".
Susann Keohane is the IBM Watson Health Innovation Leader for Healthy Aging and Longevity. Her induction into the Florida Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2021 is amongst one of her achievements; another includes having 137 U.S. patents. She has become an expert in enabling human ability through emerging technologies with a focus on accessibility research, aging-in-place Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and cognitive systems to deliver personalized insights and adaptive interfaces.
In this episode, Keohane shares with host Richard Miles the importance of building more intuitive design solutions for the aging population, alongside having them feel comfortable with the technology.
Craig Bandes & Financial Strategy
Craig Bandes discusses how to avoid the same pitfalls of companies he has worked with in the past and how to create a structurally sound order of operations through his experience in business and finances: "And you get to a point where you just realize that if I don't try it, I'll never know, and I'll always regret it. And then you jump into it . But jumping in with more experience, I think, really increases the odds of surviving".Craig Bandes is the CEO and co-founder of Pixelligent Technologies. He has over 25 years of experience serving as a CEO, entrepreneur, and angel investor. Additionally, he is a member of the NanoBusiness Alliance Advisory Board.
In this episode, Bandes shares with host James Di Virgilio the importance of having a business background before entering the business world, how he's saved a company from bankruptcy, and the next steps for said company in terms of workplace diversity, globalization, and sustainability.