In this episode of Empire, Santi is joined by Alok Tayi, scientist and founder of Vibe Bio. Alok started Vibe Bio because the biggest obstacle in treating patients with overlooked diseases isn’t finding potential treatments — it’s funding them.

Vibe Bio is leveraging crypto’s economic and coordination tools to fund the research and development that the legacy biotech industry ignores. Don’t miss this fascinating conversation!

We discuss:

  • Vibe Bio’s origin story and how it works
  • Big pharma’s dilemma
  • Why these diseases don’t receive funding today
  • Project prioritization
  • Crypto’s unique advantages
  • The $VIBE token
  • How to grow and leverage Vibe’s community
  • Diseases don’t care about interest rates
  • Biggest challenges

Check out what they had to say in the video below.👇

About the show

“Empire” is a twice-a-week show where we share the real crypto stories that aren’t heard elsewhere. On Mondays, Jason Yanowitz and Santiago Santos interview crypto industry movers and shakers to talk about their struggles, bold moves and tough decisions. Finish off the week with Friday’s weekly roundup episode that covers the top news and narratives of the week.

For any NPR or Guy Raz fans out there, you can think of “Empire” as a “How I Built This” for Web3.

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  • Podcast Producer
    Garrett Harper is the producer for the Empire podcast. Garrett worked in private equity and product management before jumping into crypto full-time in 2021. His favorite thing about crypto? It conflates art, gaming, finance, software, and psychology into one hyper-growth industry.