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Tapping Into DNA Science To Expand Access With Lyona Carter

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Quote- “One of the things the CDC taught me back in the 90s was to collect data, understand the data, trend the data but also listen to the people.”

The Afropolitan Podcast spotlights Afropolitans who aren’t afraid to step into the unknown and walk in purpose. With this podcast we hope to empower Africans in the Diaspora to harness their full potential and contribute to the development of a bold and progressive black community.

Our guests will share their working formulas, the hard facts about leaving familiar terrain, embracing the unknown, and staying relevant afterwards.
This episode features Lyona Carter, founder clinical data geek, a clinical data management startup.

Lyona assists biotech/pharmaceutical companies review their clinical data. One of her biggest influences is Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta’s cells have been used in over 11,000 patents including polio vaccination and covid treatments. Nicknamed Hela cells, they have been used to study the effect of toxins, viruses on the growth of cancer cells without experimenting on humans.
Lyona is passionate about creating a framework of compensation for those who wish to benefit from the use of their DNA or vitals. She believes clinical participants or their families should get compensated should they want compensation.

Listen and enjoy as Lyona talks about her journey into clinical data management, some of her influences and barriers she faces being a woman in the biotech industry.
The Legacy Of Henrietta Lacks

Lyona’s reading list

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

On The Pulse Of Morning by Maya Angelou

Show Notes

1:54 Journey into clinical data management
3:25 Henrietta Lacks contribution to present day clinical trial research
5:33 Compensation framework for clinical trial patients and their families
7:16 Journey into blockchain technology and web3
8:42 Influences growing up
13:47 Mental and professional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
16:27 Benefits of NFT
18:29 Childhood lessons that taught the hardest lessons
20:22 Barriers faced being a woman in the biotech industry.
23:07 Encounter with failure and lessons learned
25:13 Lyona’s reading list
27:00 what does being Afropolitan mean to you

The Afropolitan Podcast is hosted by Eche Emole, co-founder of Afropolitan.
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