Breakthroughs in personalized medicine start with high-quality, well-characterized immune cell products. Making such products widely available to researchers in fields like immunology, inflammation, and vaccine development was the catalyst to founding Astarte Biologics (now Cellero) over 14 years ago.
Since recognizing a need in the industry and launching our company with human PBMC and T cells, we’ve vastly expanded our inventory to include many more human immune cells, animal model systems, and reagents for the study of the immune system.
I recently discussed the role of quality immune cells in personalized medicine with Saul Marquez on his Outcomes Rocket podcast. Saul and I touched on acute individual variations in immunology, how individualized immunotherapies are improving outcomes, and the possibilities for future personalized medicine breakthroughs in the near future with the help of new immune cell products.
Saul ended the podcast with a lightning round of intriguing questions. Here are my responses.
Saul: What is the best way to improve healthcare outcomes?
Anne: Understand individual differences. Understand the patient being treated.
Saul: What is the biggest mistake or pitfall to avoid?
Anne: Lumping people together.
Saul: How do you stay relevant as an organization despite constant change.
Anne: Staying up with the changes. There is an awful lot to stay up with, but that’s what makes it work.
Saul: What is one area of focus that should drive everything else in your organization?
Anne: What can we learn?
Saul: What book would you recommend for the listeners so they can learn more?
Anne: This is a tough one. I love the late Oliver Sacks, who wrote beautiful pieces about individual patients and what their experience of their own illness or handicap were. The amount that he could learn from one individual about a particular disease state really came through in all of his writings. The Island of the Blind or The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Many of his books were about mistakes of perception, of our senses feeding us the wrong information. So I think there are multiple levels you can enjoy in his writings. Both from a healthcare perspective, of talking to the patient and understanding the patient, which he clearly did throughout his career, and also what we can learn about our own perception and how we can be led astray by our own perception.