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In each episode of Brains & Guts, we interview gastroenterology innovators and inventors to unpack their successes, pitfalls, and learnings. The goal? Empower individual gastroenterologists with the knowledge and skills to explore ideas and apply the innovator’s mindset to everyday practice.

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Season 1

Episode 1: Why Innovate in GI?

In this first episode of Brains & Guts, our hosts – Drs. Vivek Kaul, Toufic Kachaamy, and Vladimir Kushnir – explain why the practicing gastroenterologist should care about innovation. The conversation also defines the innovator’s mindset, the role of industry companies, and what topics the show will cover in Season 1.

Episode 2: ‘I have an idea! Now what?’ featuring Virender Sharma, MD, FACG

In this episode, we are joined by Virender Sharma, MD, FACG, a entrepreneur and founder of several med-tech companies. Dr. Sharma walks us through the key steps that come at the beginning of the innovation journey: identifying a need, evaluating novelty, establishing legal protection, and most importantly, understanding your why as an innovator.

Episode 3: Gut Checking the Financials, featuring Steven Edmundowicz, MD

In this episode, Steven Edmundowicz, MD helps aspiring GI innovators gut check their potential financial questions. Dr. Edmundowicz walks through the risk-benefit calculation for a product development journey, evaluating market size, the ‘code / no-code’ question, starting a company versus prototyping & licensing, and more.

Episode 4: The Scope of Patents featuring Robert Takara, JD

In this episode, Robert Takara, JD answers all of the questions that aspiring GI innovators are afraid to ask but need to know. The conversation covers the different types of patents and how they apply to gastroenterology, why provisional patents are important, when to engage a patent attorney or an institution’s technology transfer program, and the top legal mistakes that innovators make.

Episode 5, Part 1: How to Stomach Fundraising and Licensing

In this two-part episode, the entrepreneurs from Monarc Partners – Jeremy Starweather, Jason Ylizarde, and John Wynne – share the secrets behind the conducting a market analysis, fundraising, and the commercialization process.