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An Emerging Medtech Podcast
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Mathieu Chaffard, Host of the Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers Podcast

An Emerging Medtech Podcast

An easily understandable podcast about medical technology advancements for everyone! In this episode, we hear from Mathieu Chaffard, a french biomedical engineer and host of the Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers Podcast, about how his passion for medical technology innovation drove him to start his podcast. It invites listeners to hear about the latest advancements in medical technology through conversations with key actors from the field.

In its first five episodes, Mathieu has already had guest experts on measuring your arterial age to prevent heart disease, treating liver cancer with surgical robotics, and fighting sepsis with nano-engineered beads. He also reflects on podcasting and how it gives him a chance to broaden his perspective and learn more about new things in a broad range of specialties in the field.

 

Tune in to this episode to learn about Mathieu’s experience with the Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers Podcast!

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About Mathieu Chaffard:

 

Mathieu is a french biomedical engineer trained at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

Passionate about medical technology applied to cardiac indications, he has occupied different technical roles in Europe, including Development Engineer for B. Braun in Berlin and Field Specialist for Abbott in Paris, before moving to project management in the digital health space for Roche Diagnostics in Zürich.

Wishing to share his passion for medical progress on a broad scale and driven by an ongoing desire to learn more about its aspects, he has decided to create his show where he talks with entrepreneurs, researchers, and physicians about their journeys and the innovative technologies they are developing to transform patients’ lives.

 

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Saul Marquez:
Hey everybody, Saul Marquez with the Outcomes Rocket. Welcome back to the podcast. This is part of the series we’re doing to promote other amazing healthcare podcasts on the Outcomes Rocket. And today, I’m super privileged to host the amazing Mathieu Chaffard. He is a French biomedical engineer trained at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He is passionate about medtech applied to cardiac indications. He’s occupied different technical roles in Europe, including Development Engineer for B. Braun in Berlin, Federal Specialist in Abbott for Paris, and he’s actually reaching out to us from Switzerland, where he also held the position for Roche Diagnostics in Zurich. He wants to share his passion for medical progress on a broad scale, and that drove him to start his podcast, which is called Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers, and he’s doing it in such a way to interview entrepreneurs, researchers, and physicians about their personal journey and how they’re creating innovative technologies to transform patient lives. It’s such a pleasure to have you here on the podcast, Mathieu.

Mathieu Chaffard:
Thanks a lot for having me, for the opportunity, and your kind words, Saul.

Saul Marquez:
Absolutely, so, hey, listen, this is all about you, and we want to promote your podcast here to our listeners. So talk to us about the podcast. What do you cover and why did you start doing it?

Mathieu Chaffard:
Yeah, Saul, happy to do so. So Impulse is a podcast that invites listeners to hear about the latest advancements in medical technology through extended conversations with key actors from the field, including, as you said, entrepreneurs, physicians, and researchers. There is no particular focus on just one type of technology, so past episodes have featured surgical robotics, AI applied to cardiac imaging, blood filtration using magnetic beads, and many others. So the goal is to make these topics understandable to anyone. It’s not only intended for people working in healthcare or having a certain expertise in the field but rather open to any person willing to know more about what’s happening in terms of medical progress these days and make listeners discover the people behind these advancements. So I decided to start it because I’m a big fan of podcasts and especially those having a long conversational format. I was at some point looking for a show that would approach the topic in a disease-agnostic way through extended conversations with some of the actors from the field, and most of the content I could come across was related to digital health or very niche shows that would focus maybe on just one specific type of technology, like minimally invasive surgery, for instance, and out of curiosity, I checked out a masterclass, my older brother was watching and, which was explaining how to get started with your own show.

Saul Marquez:
Nice.

Mathieu Chaffard:
And I just decided to give it a try and create my own podcast. It just seemed to be a very fun activity without much risk. Like if you think about it, even if the level of audience you get is very small, in the end, you’ll just have spent an enjoyable moment with an inspiring person learning about a bunch of things on the topic that interest you. So that’s why I actually got started with that.

Saul Marquez:
That’s fantastic Mathieu, and you know, there’s so many, I had a chance to check out your podcast. You cover a lot of really cool things, and I think that’s partly because of your biomedical engineering mind. I see that your podcast really dives into some neat topics: measuring your arterial age to prevent heart disease, treating liver cancer with surgical robotics, and fighting sepsis with nano-engineered beads. These are some of the really cool titles that you have on there. What would you say your number one episode is thus far?

Mathieu Chaffard:
Yeah, so, so far I’ve only released five episodes and it’s, I think it’s, it’s quite tricky to choose one over the others. That’s, I’d say really depends on the topic you want to dive into, but if I would be forced to just give one that represents, in the best way, the type of content I’d like to produce, I’d go maybe for episode four with Lukas Langenegger, it’s actually the one you mentioned with sepsis. So he’s a very brilliant entrepreneur leading a company here in Zurich called Hemotune, and they are developing a new type of therapy to filter the blood of patients that are going through sepsis episodes. So they’re addressing a very serious burden, the healthcare system, with usually dramatic outcomes for patients, and I think the episode reflects quite well what it takes in terms of efforts to put together a new type of therapy for that, and, which holds the promise to bring significant improvements to the current way these patients are being treated now, so. If people would need to start with one episode for the show, I’d recommend this one, probably.

Saul Marquez:
Love that, well, we’ll be leaving that show in the show notes, folks, so make sure you click on it and listen. It’s one that I’ll be listening to because, I mean, these nano-engineered beads, seriously? This is fascinating. So I’m definitely on the hook here, Mathieu, thank you for that one. What’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned through your podcast?

Mathieu Chaffard:
Yeah, you know, I really look up to all the persons I’ve had the chance to meet and to exchange with through the podcast since I started earlier this year. All of them have accomplished incredible things, and at the beginning, I remember having some fears, as to whether these persons would accept my invitation for the recording or not, knowing that I’d not produced any podcast or any audio content in the past. They’re all extremely busy with a ton of responsibilities and it’s not like I could give them from the start a huge amount of exposure as I’m just getting started with this and I do not have a huge track record of success either in the healthcare business or in the medical research to support my requests. So the biggest learning I think I could derive from the experience thus far is their genuine desire, that the guests have shown from the start to take some of their time and share about their adventure and, the field in which they evolve. I’m extremely, positively surprised by that, and it just drives me to pursue my efforts in creating additional episodes.

Saul Marquez:
Yeah, you know, I agree with you. There’s such great opportunities and the people that have been there and done that and have had success, they’re happy to share it, and podcasting is such a great platform to be able to hear those stories personally. I always tell my wife, Mathieu, that my podcast is the best club I ever joined.

Mathieu Chaffard:
Yeah, it’s great, that’s crazy.

Saul Marquez:
Yeah, and so, you know, you also do something outside of podcasting. Tell us more about what you do and how your podcast is helping you with that.

Mathieu Chaffard:
Exactly, so at the moment, I work in the Digital Health Innovation Team here at Roche Diagnostics and we are co-creating solutions with different startups in the digital health space, focusing on cardiometabolic conditions. So the podcast is a purely personal initiative, so it’s not really directly related to anything I do for work and I do not intend to make it a business or make any monetization out of it, for now. Prefer not to, let’s say, bother listeners with advertisements that, at any stage of the episode. But yeah, as part of my work, I get to know and collaborate with a lot of different companies, and I would say that the biggest benefit I can derive from this podcast activity is the chance to broaden my perspective on what’s happening in this area, but also potentially beyond digital health. I’ve always been very much interested in medical technology, that’s why I decided to study biomedical engineering, and that activity just enables me to learn a ton of new things on a broad range of specialties in the field. So it’s a big source of learning, I would say.

Saul Marquez:
That’s fantastic, and it’s that inspiration putting your finger on the pulse of the market, it’s a fantastic opportunity it sounds like you’re using the, to drive innovation. Mathieu, this has been great and I appreciate you sharing the work that you do on Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers. Folks, we certainly invite you to check out Mathieu’s podcast for all of the biotech and just amazing guests he’s had on. What’s the best place to connect with you, Mathieu, and learn more about what you offer?

Mathieu Chaffard:
Sure, so LinkedIn, I think, would be the best place. I’m also reachable by email at the following address, so Mathieu@ImpulsePodcast.com. In addition to that, there will soon be a website for the show and most likely as well an Instagram page for the people who want to follow the activities around the podcast. Yeah, that’s basically the places where you can find more about it.

Saul Marquez:
Beautiful, well, folks, we’ll leave all of those links inside of the show notes. Make sure you check Mathieu’s approach to these conversations are, really, I said it before, but I think he brings his biomedical engineer brain to the conversations, which make them technical, they make them interesting, and the guests he’s had on thus far are just impressive. So make sure you check them out, and Mathieu, just want to say thank you for being on the podcast with us.

Mathieu Chaffard:
Thanks a bunch, Saul, for the opportunity.

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Things You’ll Learn:

  • Impulse – Meeting Healthcare Pioneers is a podcast that invites listeners to hear about the latest advancements in medical technology through conversations with key actors from the field, including entrepreneurs, physicians, and researchers.
  • Episodes of the Impulse podcast featured themes such as surgical robotics, AI applied to cardiac imaging, and blood filtration using magnetic beads, amongst others.
  • For curious listeners, Mathieu recommends episode 4 with Lukas Langenegger from Hemotune, a Swiss company developing a new type of blood filtering therapy for patients undergoing sepsis episodes.
  • Making the podcast has broadened Mathieu’s perspective on what’s happening in this digital health and beyond.

 

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