Episode 3 : Physician Heal Thyself, with Allogene’s Arie Belldegrun
Chairman and Co-Founder
“On day eight, I had a...low grade temperature of 100.7 and then muscle ache and fatigue. That night...I requested to be tested and had a positive testing for COVID-19.”
Following a conference in Boston, Arie Belldegrun—oncologist, businessman, biopharmaceutical leader—contracted COVID-19, as did his wife. However, while he suffered the widely-reported symptoms, she did not.
Their contrasting experiences are typical of a virus we know so little about. On his call with Mike, Arie highlights the unique effects a new virus can have on any given individual’s immune system, as well as how we can apply our learnings from cancer and other clinical research to fighting the pandemic.