20 Best Drug Discovery Podcasts of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about drug discovery ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best drug discovery podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Drug Discovery Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

The Drug Discovery World Podcast

  • Publisher: Drug Discovery World (DDW)
  • Total Episodes: 137

Here at Drug Discovery World (DDW) we’ve been publishing articles written by leading experts in the Drug Discovery, Pharmaceutical, and BioPharmaceutical industries for over 20 years. DDW has grown as a quarterly business review of drug discovery and development, and now we’ve created this podcast to allow you to listen to our articles on the go. In our journal and this podcast, we cover topics surrounding: drug discovery; drug development; business; chemistry; enabling technologies; informatics; personalised medicine; screening; therapeutics, and much more. For the podcast we have selected recent, relevant and popular scientific articles, so that you can listen to all of the best content from Drug Discovery World. We hope you enjoy.

Cell Culture Dish Podcast

  • Publisher: Brandy Sargent
  • Total Episodes: 54

The Cell Culture Dish (CCD) podcast covers areas important to the research, discovery, development, and manufacture of disease and biologic therapeutics. Key industry coverage areas include: drug discovery and development, stem cell research, cell and gene therapy, recombinant antibodies, vaccines, and emerging therapeutic modalities.

Sounds of Science

  • Publisher: Charles River
  • Total Episodes: 37

Sounds of Science is a monthly podcast about beginnings: how a molecule becomes a drug, how a rodent elucidates a disease pathway, how a horseshoe crab morphs into an infection fighter. The podcast is produced by Eureka, the scientific blog of Charles River, a contract research organization for drug discovery and development. Tune in and begin the journey.

Careers in Discovery

  • Publisher: Tom Froggatt
  • Total Episodes: 68

Careers in Discovery is your window into the world of Pharma & Biotech. Featuring interviews each week with leaders in Drug Discovery and R&D, you’ll learn about the careers of these influential figures, the work they are doing, how they got to where they are and what advice they’d give their younger selves. Brought to you by Singular Talent (http://www.singulartalent.io).

GEN Sounds of Science Podcast

  • Publisher: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
  • Total Episodes: 60

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) has retained its position as the premier biotech publication since its launch in 1981. GEN publishes a print edition monthly and has additional exclusive editorial content online, including news and analysis as well as webinars, videos, and polls. GEN’s unique news and technology focus covers the entire bioproduct life cycle, including drug discovery, early-stage R&D, applied research (e.g., omics, biomarkers, and diagnostics), bioprocessing, and commercialization. GEN’s print magazine, which also can easily be accessed online, includes feature articles on emerging technologies, product roundups, in-depth overviews from key scientific and bioindustry meetings, and industry-standard tutorials and technical articles on drug discovery, bioprocessing, and assay technologies.

Taking Cancer On

  • Publisher: Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Total Episodes: 3

In an effort to simplify the science behind our ambition to ‘drug the undruggable’, this podcast draws back the curtain on cancer research and takes a look at its complex inner workings. Hosted by Sebastian Hermelin (co-founder of the War On Cancer app), each episode welcomes a new expert guest who takes the listener through one of the many stages of cancer research and drug development; from early discovery efforts, through to clinical trials and drug approval.

Pillar of Hope

  • Publisher: Dr. Michelle Sholzberg
  • Total Episodes: 5

This podcast explores the groundbreaking discovery of the innovative use of a common drug that can significantly decrease COVID-19 complications in patients. A drug that can save lives. But, more than the study itself, this podcast reaches deep into the hearts of the people who put their lives and families on hold to search for a solution to the abnormal life-threatening blood clotting experienced by victims of COVID-19.

Talking Precision Medicine

  • Publisher: Genialis
  • Total Episodes: 23

Welcome to the Talking Precision Medicine podcast. In this series, we sit down with experts on the application of AI and big data analytics in the drug discovery space. Our guests are innovators, business decision makers and thought leaders at the intersection of data and therapeutics. We discuss the promise, practice, challenges, and myths of AI in precision medicine. This show is brought to you by Genialis, and Rafael, our CEO, is your host.

A view on

  • Publisher: Lonza
  • Total Episodes: 11

Discoveries in technology, medicine, and nutrition are emerging with accelerating speed and improving our health and quality of life. Brought to you by Lonza, “A View On” podcast is a series of short conversations with industry leaders. Join us to discuss new trends that are impacting scientific research, drug discovery and business. The series of monthly conversations with pharma, biotech and nutrition leaders from across industry and academia covers a wide range of topics from 3D bioprinting to therapeutic cannabinoids. In under ten minutes, each podcast takes the audience on a rapid but deep dive into an exciting development that promises to profoundly change or even revolutionize healthcare.

SickKids VS

  • Publisher: SickKids Foundation
  • Total Episodes: 8

SickKids VS takes you to the frontlines in the fight for child health. From wonder drugs that treat hypermutant tumours to machines that keep hearts beating outside the body, each episode tells the story of a different breakthrough, revealing all the hope and heartache on the tumultuous road to discovery.

Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery

  • Publisher: Simon Smith
  • Total Episodes: 12

Get knowledge and inspiration to apply artificial intelligence to drug development. Discover startups applying machine learning to biomedical research. Hear how biotech and pharma companies use AI to speed discovery and cut costs. Learn from academic researchers pushing boundaries in applying computation to biology. We interview leaders transforming drug development with data and algorithms. Subscribe now and never miss an episode!

The Health Kick Podcast with Tim Boreham

  • Publisher: Stockhead
  • Total Episodes: 50

Tim is Stockhead’s resident Health and Biotech expert with his weekly column “Dr Boreham’s Crucible”. Tim was the author of the Criterion column in The Australian newspaper for well over 10 years and has more than three decades’ experience of business reporting across three major publications. In his weekly “The Health Kick Podcast” Tim will interview Australia’s leading Health and Biotech industry leaders, bringing his own unique insight and perspective into the world of health and drug discovery.

Pharma 15

  • Publisher: Pinak Joshi, MD
  • Total Episodes: 3

In this podcast, we delve into the science behind the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry. We explore drug discovery, drug development, drug commercialization and business, all in short 15 minute episodes.


  • Publisher: ALS TDI
  • Total Episodes: 27

The Endpoints Podcast features guests from the ALS community, including people living with ALS, researchers, advocates and fundraisers. Each episode cuts to the chase with short, digestible conversations about the latest research at ALS TDI and the most closely watched ALS clinical trials as well as stories from people living with ALS with their thoughts on research, healthcare and their journey with ALS. The Endpoints Podcast is hosted by the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) the world’s foremost drug discovery lab focused solely on ALS. ALS TDI is a non-profit biotech with one mission. End ALS. To access all episodes of the Endpoints Podcast, visit als.net/endpoints.

Bio2040 – Bottlenecks & Future of Science, Healthcare & Drug Discovery

  • Publisher: Flavio Rump
  • Total Episodes: 13

In this podcast, entrepreneur and angel investor Flavio Rump discusses the biggest bottlenecks and the future of drug discovery by speaking with some of the sharpest, most innovative minds in drug discovery, biotechnology and related fields. We talk about machine learning for high-throughput screening, open source drug discovery and other trends that are changing how drug discovery gets done.

Quantum Bits

  • Publisher: Parham Pashaei
  • Total Episodes: 4

Welcome! Whether you are curious to know more about quantum computing or you think quantum is the future, Quantum Bits is here to help you with all you need to know. If you think it sounds like a complicated topic, you are not alone. In each episode I will have a discussion with an expert in the field to provide you with the latest and best quality of information in an easy to understand language. Are you curious to know more about the impact of quantum computing on finance, or drug discovery? We have got you covered; each episode will be dedicated to a specific topic on quantum computing.

Sex, Drugs, and Jesus

  • Publisher: De’Vannon Hubert
  • Total Episodes: 6

Sex, Drugs, and Jesus tells about taboo topics and shares stories about surviving the social outskirts. De’Vannon has had a long journey of self-discovery including being kicked out of his church for his sexuality, serving in the military during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” becoming a drug dealer and convict, and ultimately rising from the social outskirts to become a healthy and insightful entrepreneur.

Science Unfiltered

  • Publisher: Phenomenex
  • Total Episodes: 13

The Science Unfiltered Podcast, powered by Phenomenex – a global technology leader in the world of separation sciences, covers the exciting world of chromatography, and discusses trending science news, latest research, hears from guest speakers, and of course keeps you up-to-date with all the amazing innovations Phenomenex is releasing. So, stick with us and check back the every month for our latest and greatest episode! Phenomenex is committed to developing novel analytical chemistry solutions that solve the separation and purification challenges of researchers in industrial, clinical research, government and academic laboratories. From drug discovery and pharmaceutical development to food safety and environmental analysis, Phenomenex chromatography solutions accelerate science and help researchers improve global health and well-being.

Pop culture perspective

  • Publisher: Pop Culture Perspective
  • Total Episodes: 11

We are Pop culture perspective aka Pcp. (No relation to the drug.) Join us, Meepster and Poeticsoul, on a journey of discovery… Well maybe not so much a journey and we probably won’t discover anything, but join us nonetheless. We’ll be talking about pop cultures impact on our lives and cracking jokes along the way.

CPhI Podcast Series

  • Publisher: Informa Markets
  • Total Episodes: 17

The CPhI Podcast Series is your new monthly pharma soundbite, bringing you insights from across the global value chain. Through drug discovery and development to manufacturing and delivery, we’ll bring you impactful content to keep you informed on the latest trends, developments and opportunities in Pharma. Brought to you by the organisers of the CPhI and Pharmapack exhibitions, the series is an easy way to stay up to date on the issues which matter to your business. Tune in to hear from key industry stakeholders sharing easy-to-digest insights – the CPhI Podcast Series is your trusted voice in pharma.

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