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The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

Jan 17, 2019

The Business of Bioscience – Susan Goebel – Ep63

Susan is what I call a Bioscience Entrepreneur. She went to college for Biology and her first job out of school involved creating displays in museums, but these aren’t your average displays. One display she worked on was the structure of the human heart, using an actual heart!

She then worked for a while in the animal health industry.

But this type of work was not for her, so she moved onto entrepreneurship.  Using her experience in animal health, she started her own company for animal health. Some advice from me hearing this story is that if you want to start your own business, one of the best ways is to get a job/apprenticeship and learn while working for someone else, as she did. My story is the same, I worked for 10 years for large corporations before starting my own business as a design engineer.

One of her top products she helped make was a vaccine for cattle for Ecoli, but the purpose of the vaccine was to prevent Ecoli from affecting humans further down the food chain. This is a fascinating series of cause and effect that makes you really appreciate how everything is so connected.

Susan’s company also has worked on immunotheraputics for cancer, specifically bladder cancer.

Her company also works with companies as a strategic partner to get government funding, get VC capital, and help with the regulatory (FDA) process.

Susan’s top tips are:

  1. Check your assumptions. Make sure you know what your assumptions are and make sure they are correct
  2. Business planning – don’t dismiss it

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