Episode 25 – Dr. Vivian Chan

Dr. Vivian Chan is the founder and CEO of Sparrho, a platform that democratizes science using augmented intelligence. Dr. Chan has a PhD in biochemistry from Cambridge University, and undergraduate degrees in biotech. She has addressed the EU Ministers of Research and Innovation and keynoted the “Next Unicorn” series at Mobile World Congress.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

Were there fines in UK for leaving lock down in early COVID? Are there now? Under current regulations, organisers and facilitators of large gatherings (more than six) can be fined up to £10,000.Brits who do not wear a face covering in places where it is mandatory, such as in shops, supermarkets and on public transport, could be issued with a fine. Police can also break up any gatherings larger than six and can issue a £200 fine if they do not comply. Fines will be doubled – up to £3,200 – for successive offences or serious breaches by repeat offenders.


B to B to C – It’s the very definition of the oft-cited CPG industry “b-to-b-to-c” (b2b2c) model, where the supplier sells its products to retailers, who in turn sell to consumers. … Many CPGs are today claiming a new focus on consumer centricity; that it’s their consumer who matters, who they care about, and who they serve. (www.briansolis.com)

B2B – Business-to-business, is a process for selling products or services to other businesses. (https://smallbusiness.chron.com/differences-between-b2c-b2b-business-systems-39922.html)

Biotechnology – a broad area of biology, involving the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products. (wikipedia)

Biochemistry – the branch of science concerned with the chemical and physicochemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms. (wikipedia)

Maths C covers additional pure-maths topics (including complex numbers, matrices, vectors, further calculus and number theory). Maths C gives the students an understanding of the methods and principles of mathematics and the ability to apply them in everyday situations and in purely mathematical contexts; the capacity to model actual situations and deduce properties from the model. (wikipedia)

45% women graduates in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech in 2018 – 2019. (https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/michigan-technological-university/academic-life/academic-majors/engineering/chemical-engineering/index.html)

Structural Biology – a branch of molecular biologybiochemistry, and biophysics concerned with the molecular structure of biological macromolecules (especially proteins, made up of amino acidsRNA or DNA, made up of nucleotidesmembranes, made up of lipids) how they acquire the structures they have, and how alterations in their structures affect their function. (wikipedia)

RNA – ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid present in all living cells. Its principal role is to act as a messenger carrying instructions from DNA for controlling the synthesis of proteins, although in some viruses RNA rather than DNA carries the genetic information.

X-ray crystallography – the study of crystals and their structure by means of X-ray diffraction.

Homeostasis – the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

Ligand – is an ion or molecule (functional group) that binds to a central metal atom to form a coordination complex. The bonding with the metal generally involves formal donation of one or more of the ligand’s electron pairs.

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