Existential Medicine is a new quarterly series presented by New Lab and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, with supporting partner EY, exploring technological disruption in the medical field and its impact on the human experience.

In this first edition, The New Biotech Frontier, we discuss laboratory grown body parts, from stem cells to whole organs, from brain organoids to bones. At stake may be the future of modern medicine, given the power of this technology to shape human therapies.


  • Janna Levin — Tow Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University and renowned researcher on black holes and spacetime.


  • Nina Tandon, PhD — CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, a pre-clinical stage regenerative medicine startup growing bones and cartilage in Brooklyn NY
  • Paola Arlotta, PhD — Professor at the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology studying embryonic brain development and applying this knowledge to treating neurodegenerative diseases
  • Raphael Lis, PhD — Assistant Professor in Regenerative and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Regenerative Medicine, Ansary Stem Cell Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine, currently growing human blood cells to develop cures for diseases such as sickle cell anemia