Whether you’re in the industry and trying to stay up-to-date, or looking to start a career in pharma or medtech and trying to get to grips with the environment, keeping of top of industry developments isn’t easy.

Even if you find great articles or publications, having time to actually read them can be tough.

Enter… podcasts.

Perfect for your daily commute, company while you’re cooking, or as a soundtrack to a leisurely walk, podcasts are a great way to soak in information!

But opening your podcast app can be a bit like walking into a bookstore knowing that you want… a book. It’s a great start but it’s not the best use of your time. So we’ve rounded up the best pharma and medtech podcasts of 2020, to help guide you in the right direction.

It’s not exhaustive and inclusion of a podcast in our list is no way an endorsement of its content, host, or guests. One thing to keep in mind (as with any media), is who’s creating the show and what their priorities and goals are.

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Created by: Life Science Hub Wales

Describes itself as:

A podcast bringing new perspectives from leading thinkers in health and care innovation

Began in: April 2019

Schedule: Sporadic

Duration: 20-40 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple, Google & Spotify

What you can expect: Interviews with leading innovators, leaders, and influencers exploring how innovations are transforming health and social care services.

Apple podcast review rating: 5.0 (22 ratings)

Created by: Pharmadelic

Describes itself as:

[Exploring] career opportunities in the life sciences sector. Each episode will focus on a different career field, so you can learn what they do, how they got there and what challenges they have encountered along the way.

Began in: October 2018

Schedule: Sporadic

Duration: 20-40 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple, Google, & Spotify

What you can expect: Career-focused interviews with industry professionals from a broad range of pharmaceutical industry roles.

Apple podcast review rating: 5.0 (1 rating)

Created by: Institute of Validation Technology

Describes itself as:

Interviews [with] industry experts from pharma, biotech, med devices and laboratories.

Began in: October 2019

Schedule: Weekly

Duration: 30-45 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple & Spotify

What you can expect: Validation-focused interviews with industry experts.

Apple podcast review rating: 5.0 (1 rating)

Created by: Informa Pharma Intelligence

Describes itself as:

An easy way to stay in tune with the latest developments in the pharmaceutical industry, and provide a wealth of information and insights on a wide variety of topics covering an array of specialties and disease areas.

Began in: September 2017

Schedule: Weekly

Duration: 10-30 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple

What you can expect: A collection of different podcast series, each focusing on different parts of the pharma industry. Includes “Quick Listen”, a concise weekly industry update.

Apple podcast review rating: 4.5 (3 ratings)

Created by: pharmaphorum

Describes itself as:

A must-listen for those who want insight into the future of health and medicine

Began in: March 2019

Schedule: 1 per month

Duration: 15-20 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple & Spotify

What you can expect: Discussions with industry experts and insiders about the big issues and opportunities facing pharma, biotech and healthcare today.

Apple podcast review rating: 3.0 (2 ratings)

Created by: Pharm Exec magazine

Describes itself as:

Beyond the pages of the magazine and digs deeper into leadership, management, commercial and other top-of-mind topics important to c-suite executives in the pharma and biotech spaces.

Began in: Jan 2018

Schedule: Fortnightly

Duration: 20-30 mins

Also available on platforms including: Apple & Google

What you can expect: Interviews with c-suite executives in pharma and biotech, with an intended audience of other industry executives

Apple podcast review rating: 2.5 (3 ratings)

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Created by: Qualistery

Describes itself as:

In the Qualitalks podcast, we give experts, leaders, and innovators in the pharmaceutical industry a stage to tell their stories and share their expertise with the world.

Began in:2020

Schedule: Monthly

Duration: 40-60 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple & Google

What you can expect: Interviews covering a range of topics relevant to the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industry.

Apple podcast review rating: 5 (2 ratings)

Created by: The Conference Forum

Describes itself as:

Industry insiders on the latest strategies, business models, and new innovations to advance clinical research with emphasis on clinical trials, patient- centricity, drug delivery, Immuno-oncology, digital, mobile and other technologies as well as leadership topics and emerging biotech challenges.

Began in: August 2013

Schedule: Sporadic

Duration: 5-60 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple & Google

What you can expect: Interviews, panel discussions, and recordings from industry Conference Forum events covering a range of topics relevant to the pharma industry.

Apple podcast review rating: 2.5 (2 ratings)

Created by: ISPE – Boston Area Chapter

Describes itself as:

Find out where the pharmaceutical industry is headed and what it means for you.

Began in: October 2018

Schedule: Sporadic

Duration: 20-50 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple, Google & Spotify

What you can expect: Conversations with pharma industry thought leaders about new technologies, innovative applications and emerging markets, and how it’s going to influence the future of pharma.

Apple podcast review rating: Currently unrated

Created by: MedTech Europe

Describes itself as:

A podcast by MedTech Europe, the European trade association for the medical technology industry.

Began in: December 2019

Schedule: Sporadic

Duration: 15-20 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple

What you can expect: Discussions about the world of medical technology – the industry, healthcare systems, and society.

Apple podcast review rating: Currently unrated

Created by: Greenlight Guru

Describes itself as:

Where today’s brightest minds in the medical device industry go to get their most useful and actionable insider knowledge, direct from some of the world’s leading medical device experts and companies.

Began in: April 2015

Schedule: Weekly

Duration: 25-45 mins

Available on platforms including: Apple & Spotify

What you can expect: Conversations with Medical Device industry professionals

Apple podcast review rating: Currently unrated

Not Currently Releasing New Podcasts

Created by: University of Oxford

Describes itself as:

Series of four lectures brings together leading figures in the pharmaceutical industry, health and business to look at the challenges of reconciling medical ethics and business in the 21st century against a backdrop of scientific and clinical developments and the expectations of patients

Created: 2009-2010

Schedule: 4 lecture series (all available)

Duration: 40-60 minutes

Available on platforms including: Apple

What you can expect: 4-part recorded lecture series – part of the Green Templeton College podcast lecture series

  1. Pharmaceutical Industry: Origin and Evolution
  2. Pharmaceutical Companies, Government and Society
  3. A Pharma perspective on healthcare needs and innovation in drug discovery
  4. Is there a healthy future for Big Pharma?

Apple podcast review rating: 5.0 (1 rating)

Created by: Medical Plastics News

Describes itself as:

A light-hearted take on the latest news in the medical technology, digital health and pharma industries.

Created: 2017-2019

Schedule: 18 episodes – not currently active

Duration: 15-45 minutes

Available on platforms including: Apple

What you can expect: Discussion between the editors of Med-Tech Innovation, Digital Health Age, European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer and Medical Plastics News… and guests.

Apple podcast review rating: 4.5 (6 ratings)

Created by: Greenlight Guru

Describes itself as:

Taking listeners on a storytelling journey through the personal narratives of MedTech executives who offer real-world, actionable best practices for industry leaders towards future imagination, implementation, and innovation of True Quality medical devices.

Created: 2019

Schedule: 9 episodes – not currently active

Duration: 35 minutes

Available on platforms including: Apple (only 4 episodes – following main link to podcast website opens 9 episodes)

What you can expect: Quality-focused discussion with MedTech leaders

Apple podcast review rating: 3.0 (2 ratings)