Wrapping up a Year of Innovation

As 2023 draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on the journey we’ve travelled this year at Ideas to Innovation, a business podcast I host for Clarivate.

This year, we’ve delved into a diverse array of topics, from the intricacies of life sciences to the expanses of ocean research, exploring how curiosity meets ingenuity, and how innovation goes from ideas to fruition. We told these stories in 15 episodes throughout the year.

In this year-end episode 5 in Season 3, we revisit three powerful examples of these stories that epitomise our strong commitment to showcasing innovation and thought leadership. These narratives not only highlight transformative ideas but also the remarkable individuals behind them.

Listen to S3:E5 right here; it’s less than 15 minutes. If you don’t see the embedded player below, here’s the episode at clarivate.com.

Here are concise explainers about each of the three episodes featured in the year-end episode. If you’d like to listen to each of those episodes, click the image in each explainer to go to the episode page on the Clarivate website.

1. The Scientific Sleuth

David Sanders

An episode in July introduced David Sanders, an associate professor at Purdue University, New York. Known as a “scientific sleuth,” Sanders’ work in identifying falsified data and images in academic research underscores the crucial role of integrity in scientific pursuits. His insights remind us of the ever-evolving challenges in maintaining honesty in the digital age, particularly with the advent of generative AI.

2. Illuminating a Rare Disease

Lissa Poincenot and Shyama Ghosh

In May, we shared the poignant story of Lissa Poincenot and her family’s journey with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). This rare genetic condition brought to light the importance of data sets in rare disease research. Joined by Shyama Ghosh, senior principal content editor at Clarivate, we discussed how big data is instrumental in helping science understand and aid in seeking treatments for such diseases.

3. From Diamonds to Diapers

Jayshree Seth

In April, we featured Jayshree Seth, corporate scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M with 77 patents to her name, whose journey from creating durable diamond-like coatings to designing comfortable diaper tapes exemplifies the multifaceted nature of innovation. Seth’s story is a testament to how persistence and creativity can lead to everyday solutions with a significant impact.

As we recap these stories, we’re reminded of the power of human intellect and the spirit of determination. These episodes are not just accounts of scientific and technological advancements; they are narratives of hope, resilience, and triumph.

Recounting powerful stories from 2023 helps us look forward to 2024 where our intent is that Ideas to Innovation will continue to bring you more such inspiring stories. Our goal remains to not just inform but to inspire and entertain, highlighting the remarkable feats of innovators who are shaping our world.

Stay curious, stay inspired, and here’s to another year of groundbreaking discoveries and awe-inspiring stories. Listen at clarivate.com or on your favourite podcast app (and please rate us or leave a review). You can also read the transcript.

Thanks for listening. And thank you for joining us on this journey of exploration and innovation.


The AI-generated image at the top of this page was created by Adobe Firefly in response to the simple prompt, “A hand holding the base of an LED light bulb in front of a sunlit sky, projecting strong feelings of innovation and imagination”.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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