Remaking Our Future Body, Exploring Regenerative Medicine W/ Alex Jiao, CEO & Co-Founder, Silene Biotech
Alex Jiao is the co-founder and CEO of Silene Biotech, a stem cell biotechnology company. Alex received a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern and his Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington. He’s worked as a biomedical engineering researcher at the University of Michigan. Alex led Silene Biotech through the 2017 TechStars Seattle program.
Alex is an expert in stem cells and stem cell technology. His startup is dedicated to helping people preserve their stem cells so they can take advantage of emerging opportunities created by advances in the field. By harvesting and preserving their cells today, a 30-year old might be able to use their stem cells to reverse the aging process, cure diseases like arthritis and leukemia, and even regrow vital organs.
In this episode, we answer questions on stem cells and stem cell therapy. What are stem cells and IPS cells in the context of regenerative medicine? What can stem cells do for us? How will new technologies like CRISPR make the process better in the future? Can stem cells cure blindness? Why should you save your stem cells when you’re young? How can you turn blood cells into beating heart cells through reprogramming, like Alex did with his own...
As part of the episode, we set up a Silene "popup shop" at Pioneer Square Labs where a bunch of us did blood draws and sent our cells off for safe keeping.