Welcome to Vital Science™

Life science is complicated, but its mission is simple – to create a safer, healthier future. This podcast tells the stories behind the science from the perspective of patients, scientists, employees, and advocates that have felt its impact.

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Every third week of the month we explore the stories behind the science. 


Season 2

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Episode 07:

3D Cell Models: A Blueprint for Drug Development

How are 3D cell models changing our ability to create more effective therapies? Our panel of scientific experts discuss.
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Episode 06:

Driving Drug Development with CRISPR/Cas9

Dr. David Fischer joins our panel to discuss the evolution, application, and potential of CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology.
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Episode 05:

Get the Series Recap: Vaccines

In this brief recap, our hosts Gina Mullane and Chris Garcia discuss topics covered in our series on vaccines.
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Episode 04:

COVID-19 Vaccines – Behind the Scenes

Dr. Sarah Gould returns to provide an update on the development of a vaccine for COVID-19 and what lies ahead.
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Episode 03:

Beyond the Headlines: Understanding Accelerated Vaccines

Distinguished scientist Dr. Lauren Black discusses a “weight-of-evidence” approach to accelerated vaccine development and approvals.
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Episode 02:

A Formidable Defense Against Infectious Diseases

Dr. Christina Satterwhite delves into the immune system and how vaccines target harmful pathogens.
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Episode 01:

Infectious Disease and The Rise of Vaccines

Dr. Sarah Gould explains how infectious disease spurred the discovery, and subsequent evolution, of vaccines.
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Season 1

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Episode 10:
Two in the Same

Two sisters share their experience with clinical trials for cystic fibrosis.
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Episode 09:
New Lease on Life

A dual role in medical device gives hope to one unique patient.
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Episode 08:
Leading the Way

Jake Glanville talks leadership and the COVID-19 fight.
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Episode 07:
Uncommon Bond

Twins are forever connected in their fight against a rare disease.
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Episode 06:
Humble Beginnings

Two students, a dorm room, and a “crazy idea” to help patients.
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Episode 05:
An Angel's Determination

A personal transformation from veterinarian to rare disease advocate.
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Episode 04:
Turning Point

How an unexpected challenge changed one employee's career path forever.
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Episode 03:
A Toxigenic Situation

A microbiologist affected by mold fights for children’s health in South Carolina.
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Episode 02:
The Pathway

Mila’s story for customized medicine paves the way for other children.
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Episode 01:
Being The First

From diagnosis to experimental genetic treatment, this is Mila's story.
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Episode 00:
This is Vital Science

Join us as we explore the motivation and personal connection to the life sciences.
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Gina Mullane, Host

I studied microbiology and found my job here at Charles River right after college in The Boston Globe, back when you could find a job in the newspaper. Starting in our diagnostics lab, I quickly realized I wanted to get into the business end of science. I've held many different jobs here – from product management, to sales, and finally Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. Every day I wake up excited to learn about what's new in our business and how we're helping others.

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Chris Garcia, Host

I've been here for 15 years, starting in sales and moving to sales management. Now I'm the Director of Global Sales Operations. Graduating with a B.S. in Biology, I worked in the pathology and surgery department at the University of Illinois-Chicago, then Charles River reached out to me and my life took quite a turn. I’m captivated by the leaps and bounds that are being made to improve human health.

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