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#106 James Simpkins, PhD: Delivering Genes to the Brain

Innovate Fort Worth

Release Date: 11/13/2023

#114 Lisa Ferrand: Capping the Side Effects of Cancer show art #114 Lisa Ferrand: Capping the Side Effects of Cancer

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For cancer patients going through chemotherapy, hair loss can be a heartbreaking reality. Lisa Ferrand, CEO of Warrior Caps, is preserving hair from chemotherapy hair loss through her cold cap technology. Her cold caps are sub-zero gel-lined “beanies” that freeze the hair follicle and increases retention of hair during chemotherapy. As a cancer survivor herself, she understands the delicate relationship that people have with their hair and how helping them preserve this sense of normalcy can help them navigate this difficult disease. Learn more about Warrior Caps here:  Learn more...

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#113 Brendan McGuire: Funding Tomorrow's Innovators show art #113 Brendan McGuire: Funding Tomorrow's Innovators

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When it comes to local community impact, banks play a big role. Meet Brendan McGuire, Regional President of PNC Bank in North Texas. Brendan oversees PNC's lines of business, sponsorship, philanthropy, and branding efforts that are crucial to PNC's national main street banking model. With active roles in various local community organizations, McGuire is recognized as one of the most influential leaders in North Texas. He sheds light on PNC's national footprint, small town feel and its longstanding commitment to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. McGuire shares insights on where he...

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#112 Jason Mastoris and Hardik Patel: Making Room for New Biotech Startups show art #112 Jason Mastoris and Hardik Patel: Making Room for New Biotech Startups

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Panthera BioSolutions is a company that's reshaping the landscape of pharmaceutical and biotech innovation. Founded in 2021 by visionaries Hardik Patel and Jason Mastoris, Panthera stands at the forefront of addressing long-standing unmet needs in the industry. Their approach to include the introduction of first-to-market, ready-to-use, leasable cleanrooms in North Texas. Learn how these spaces empower local companies to seamlessly scale up to GMP standards, supporting clinical trial execution, and optimizing costs, as well as educating the future of biotech work force. Learn more about...

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#111 The Big Picture: John Dearie: Washington D.C.'s Policy-preneur show art #111 The Big Picture: John Dearie: Washington D.C.'s Policy-preneur

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Most entrepreneurs are too busy innovating and growing their companies to advocate for themselves in our nation’s capital. But our guest on this first edition of a new series called “The Big Picture” is working to bring the message that entrepreneurship is critical to the future of the American economy to our lawmakers and policymakers in Washington, DC. Meet John Dearie, the Founder and CEO of the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a non-profit research, policy and advocacy organization that works to achieve a policy environment that promotes new business formation, survival and...

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#110 Kendel Rogers and Rob Upchurch: Year in Review, 2023 show art #110 Kendel Rogers and Rob Upchurch: Year in Review, 2023

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The producers who work behind the scenes of the podcast join our host to look back on the year that was 2023. Kendel Rogers from HSC Next and Rob Upchurch of RobMakesPods Productions share their experiences of making Innovate Fort Worth and growing it to over 100 episodes. They also share stories of their favorite guests that stood out throughout the year. Kendel, Rob and Cameron discuss some trends in innovation that they saw this year and they reveal the top five episodes of all time. They also share a sneak peek of what is to come in 2024! To learn more about the Innovate Fort Worth...

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#109 Anette Landeros: Hecho en Fort Worth show art #109 Anette Landeros: Hecho en Fort Worth

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One of the most impactful business organizations in Fort Worth in the past 50 years is the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FWHCC). And the president who is leading that charge through innovation and intentional community programs is Anette Landeros. The FWHCC has developed new programs to better serve their membership and the Historic Northside with revitalization and activation planning. With the announcement of the Main Street America pilot program, accessible pitch competitions, Lanzar Fort Worth featuring the Kauffman Foundation’s Fast Trac program, the Hecho en Fort Worth...

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#108 Victoria Wise: Made Worthy Media in Fort Worth show art #108 Victoria Wise: Made Worthy Media in Fort Worth

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What started as a digital community space for women in her community, Victoria Wise realized she was on to something that could have much bigger impact. Tanglewood Moms was the platform that helped launch the media publication Madeworthy that shares original content for family audiences in Fort Worth. Her publications have created a new source for local information that are contributing to the growing culture of Fort Worth. To learn more about Made Worthy and Tangelwood Moms, visit them at To learn more about Innovate Fort Worth, visit

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#107 Micah Stateson: One Man's Waste Removal show art #107 Micah Stateson: One Man's Waste Removal

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When it comes to trash collection, Micah Stateson wouldn’t say it is his dream job. But owning his own business was. While working at a local defense contractor he dreamed of the day he could be his own boss. When he dove into research around multi-family trash collection, he saw an opportunity and decided to change how it was done. Through intentionality and quality service, Micah started Optimized Waste Removal and brought back the business operations and services that are lost in today’s world. He shares how he eventually took the plunge into entrepreneurship, the lessons he has learned...

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#106 James Simpkins, PhD: Delivering Genes to the Brain show art #106 James Simpkins, PhD: Delivering Genes to the Brain

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Healthcare is changing every day, and AmritaGen is pioneering the discovery of a new gene therapy for treating neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. James Simpkins is the CEO of AmritaGen, a company seeking to rebuild brain circuits and stimulate neurological activity in people with mild cognitive impairment. This therapy method can be utilized for delivering drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), sporadic AD (sAD), Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.  To learn more about AmritaGen, vist them at  To learn more about Innovate Fort Worth, visit 

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#105 Techstars 2023, Part 5: Pulse Charter Connect and Maya AI show art #105 Techstars 2023, Part 5: Pulse Charter Connect and Maya AI

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The newest cohort of the Techstars physical health accelerator has arrived in Fort Worth. Meet two of the companies that are improving the physical, mental and whole health of patients through their innovative startup companies. This episode features Laura Epstein from Pulse Charter Connect and Shivam Ramphal from Maya AI. To learn more about Pulse Charter Connect, visit To learn more about Maya AI, visit To learn more about the Techstars physical health accelerator in Fort Worth, visit To learn more about HSC Next, visit

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Healthcare is changing every day, and AmritaGen is pioneering the discovery of a new gene therapy for treating neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. James Simpkins is the CEO of AmritaGen, a company seeking to rebuild brain circuits and stimulate neurological activity in people with mild cognitive impairment. This therapy method can be utilized for delivering drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), sporadic AD (sAD), Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury. 

To learn more about AmritaGen, vist them at https://amritagen.com

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