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CSL Behring Podcast: World of Promise

CSL Behring presents the World of Promise podcast series, focused on biotechnology and its promise to transform the lives of people and patients around the world living with serious and rare diseases.

Logo for World of Promise podcast from biotechnology leader CSL BehringEach episode features conversations with leading medical experts, patients or other people involved in the field of biotechnology, with a goal of, "providing engaging and useful content to people with rare and serious diseases and their families, health care providers and others interested in learning more about these topics. The format of a podcast allows us to go more in-depth on these topics that are so critically important to our patients,” says Anthony Farina, CSL’s Chief Communications Officer, who is also the show’s host. 

World of Promise is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcasting platforms.


Karen Neave and Antje Michel

Episode 17: Taking Risks, Overcoming Doubts

30 March 2021

In honor of Women's History Month, this episode features two female CSL leaders sharing their career journeys, the obstacles they've overcome and offer advice for other women working in biotechnology. 

CSL’s Chief Human Resources Officer Elizabeth Walker

Episode 16: The Case for Career Development

4 March 2021

CSL’s Chief Human Resources Officer Elizabeth Walker explains why the company wants employees to invest in themselves.

Masked woman receives a vaccine

Episode 15: Protecting Public Health During the Pandemic

29 January 2021

Hear what Dave Ross, a leader from our flu vaccine business Seqirus, has to say about the twin threats of influenza and COVID-19.


Episode 14: Digital Transformation and Rare Disease Patients

7 January 2021

For more than 30 years, Mark Hill has worked in digital technology for large, global biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Now, as CSL's Chief Digital Information Officer, Mark chats about his experiences and where he sees digital transformation taking biotechnology in the future.

CSL Plasma Donor with Technician

Episode 13: It's International Plasma Awareness Week

7 October 2020

Willy Pardinas, General Manager and Vice President of CSL Plasma, world leader in plasma collection, discusses the importance of plasma donation to people around the world living with rare and serious diseases.

Woman and her doctor at a medical appointment

Episode 12: Suffering in Silence: Rare Disease Awareness & Management in Asia-Pacific

21 July 2020

A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit takes a look at the challenges facing patients living with rare diseases across five Asia-Pacific economies. Listen to hear the editor's thoughts on the report.

T.J. Holmes flexes his muscles - inset photo of him as a baby with his parents Santonio and Nicole

Episode 11: Super Bowl MVP Discusses His Family’s Battle Against Sickle Cell Disease

15 June 2020

The Steelers legend Santonio Holmes - and Dad to a son with the disease - talks about his foundation that helps families cope.

Health care worker takes a patient

Episode 10: Why We Do Clinical Trials

3 June 2020

Hear from Deirdre BeVard, CSL Behring’s Senior Vice President of R&D Strategic Operations, about how clinical trials benefit patients, why they are so critical to the advancement of biotechnology and how they are being impacted by COVID-19.

World Hemophilia Day logo 30th anniversary

Episode 9: Celebrating 30+ Years of World Hemophilia Day

14 April 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, rare disease patient groups continue to provide support and outreach to their communities, and community is more important than ever for those with bleeding disorders.

Tony Strickland Head of Enterprise Security

Episode 8: Lessons from COVID-19

1 April 2020

Tony Strickland, Head of Enterprise Security at CSL Behring, talks about being on the front lines of company security during these unusual times.

Dr. David Fajgenbaum

Episode 7: Chasing the Cure

20 February 2020

Dr. David Fajgenbaum was diagnosed with a rare disease in medical school. Rather than give up hope, he began researching it and remarkably, his research led to remission. He went on to write a book about his journey and how he is now living his life “in overtime.“

Charmaine Gittleson and Anthony Farina

Episode 6: The “Palpable Passion” of Patient Focus

29 January 2020

Chief Medical Officer Charmaine Gittleson explains how CSL works closely with patients to listen their needs and brings together the palpable passion of employees from across the organization to better understand how each employee can take a part in addressing those needs.

CSL Chief Operating Officer Paul McKenzie during a podcast interview

Episode 5: CSL’s COO Shares the 3 "C"s of Management

24 September 2019

Early in his career, CSL's Chief Operating Officer Paul McKenzie discovered the three “C”s, a concept that he says has been critical to his success as a leader. Listen to learn how he creates, channels, and conserves energy.

CSL Behring Chief Communications Officer Anthony Farina with Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long

Episode 4: Taking on a Cause With No Offseason

20 August 2019

Nonprofit organization Uplifting Athletes wants to connect 30 million football fans with 30 million rare disease patients. Hear Executive Director Rob Long explain why.

Tahirah Austin

Episode 3: Growing Up with Sickle Cell Disease

18 June 2019

June 19 is World Sickle Cell Day. In honor of this day and the more than four million people around the world living with this genetic blood disorder, podcast host Anthony Farina sat down with a person living with Sickle Cell Disease to talk about the challenges she faces, and has faced, as a person with the condition.

Movie poster for "Do Something: The Jeffrey Modell Story"

Episode 2: From Heartache Comes Hope

21 May 2019

When young Jeffrey Modell continually begged his parents to “do something” about his primary immunodeficiency, it broke their hearts. In 1987, one year after Jeffrey’s death, the Modells founded a foundation in their son’s name. Now the Modell's story is the subject of a documentary being released on June 11. Host Anthony Farina asks the Modells about Jeffrey, the film and the foundation's work.

World Haemophilia Day

Episode 1: World Hemophilia Day

16 April 2019

In our first episode, Host Anthony Farina interviews Dr. Andra James of Duke University. Her research and publications pertain mainly to the care of women with blood and bleeding disorders, with a special focus on von Willebrand Disease. With World Hemophilia Day on April 17, Dr. James talks about von Willebrand Disease, and how it relates to the more well-known disease, hemophilia.