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Chirps, chats and Club­hous­es: First-time biotech founders turn to so­cial me­dia for ad­vice, in­vestors and re­cruit­ment

Af­ter five years hop­ping be­tween US star­tups, Jack O’Meara want­ed to re­turn clos­er to his home­town in the West of Ire­land. “I was start­ing to get an Amer­i­can ac­cent, which was mak­ing me a bit ner­vous,” he said.

So he land­ed in Ox­ford to launch an RNA ther­a­peu­tics biotech. But find­ing fi­nanc­ing for Ochre Bio was a lit­tle tougher than he an­tic­i­pat­ed across the pond, where he said there’s less cap­i­tal for turn­ing sci­ence in­to meds. He turned to so­cial me­dia to launch a Club­house show with fel­low first-time founder Nabi­ha Sak­layen, CEO of Celli­no Bio.

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