Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador and founder of Bioquark, interviews, Naveen Jain, CEO at Viome as well as founder of several companies including Moon Express, Viome, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius and InfoSpace.
“A first”: Viome “a truly personalised nutrition service” to optimise gut health: https://www.viome.com/our-science
Ira Pastor comments:
On this ideaXme episode, we are going to head back towards the theme of the human micro-biome, which represents the estimated 100 trillion aggregate of all microbiota (bacteria, fungi, protists, viruses, etc. ) that reside on, within, or symbiogenically as part of the human body, and their downstream effects on human health, wellness, and longevity.
Naveen Jain: Optimising Gut Health via Nutrition
Naveen Jain is a philanthropist, technology pioneer and entrepreneur, driven to solve global grand challenges through innovation. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius and InfoSpace, and Viome, which is the topic of today’s episode.
Viome is focused on disrupting healthcare with the goal of “making illness elective”, by identifying microbial bio-markers that are predictive of chronic diseases, and adjusting the microbial imbalance through personalized nutrition, in essence making illness truly a matter of choice, and not a matter of bad luck, using foods as a medicine.
Personalised Nutrition Through Biotech and AI
Mr. Jain is also director of the board at the Singularity University where he is focused on educating and inspiring leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies. Mr. Jain is a director of the board at the XPRIZE Foundation where he is focused on using incentive prizes to find solutions to many of the societal challenges and recently launched a million-dollar Women Safety XPRIZE to empower women around the world.
He has been awarded numerous honors for his entrepreneurial successes including, but not limited to, the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, the “Albert Einstein Technology Medal” for pioneers in technology, the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”, and the “Most Creative Person” award by Fast Company.
In addition to Viome, on the life sciences/biotech front, Mr. Jain is in the process of setting up an incentive prize challenge to develop “Digital Doctor” (AI based expert system) to improve access to primary care physicians around the world. He is also exploring ways to develop a neurometric system to create better learners and to develop neuroscience based multi-sensory video games that are effective and additive to teach students skills like math, science and history.
Mr. Jain is also a strong believer that we should be doing a lot more on the synthetic biology front, creating living bio-factories to reduce global shortages of food, and use microbes to help with cleaning water and generating energy from plentiful resources like ocean water.
On this ideaXme episode, we will hear from Mr. Jain about:
His background, how he developed an interest in engineering, and about his info-tech business success in the “pre-Viome” era. Why he made the jump into the risky biotech industry. Viome’s business model, products, and services. Viome’s collaboration with the Mayo Clinic on AI-driven personalized nutritional strategies to help understand sleep and obesity. Viome’s collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop vaccine-based therapies to help prevent and treat chronic diseases. The state of the biotechnology financing world. His Moon Express initiatives.
This interview is in American English
Credits: Ira Pastor interview video, text, and audio.
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