Biologist Fiona Ginty has spent the last decade at GE Global Research trying to crack cancer’s code. She’s also one of the stars of the new six-part documentary series developed by GE and National Geographic Channel called Breakthrough, which is focusing on scientific progress and innovation and premieres on Sunday night.
“When I was a young child, I wanted to be an inventor, but thought that everything had already been invented,” Ginty says. “As an adult scientist, I came to see how much work there’s left to do.” Ginty’s research could one day help doctors treat the right patients with the right kinds of drugs and assist pharma companies with developing new cancer medicines.
Each of the Breakthrough episodes was directed by a different marquee name. Peter Berg was behind the Pandemics episode, Angela Bassett did an installment on clean water, Paul Giamatti focused on human engineering, Ron Howard on aging, Brett Ratneron improving the brain, and Akiva Goldsman on the need for clean energy.
The first episode of the series, which was produced by Hollywood’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is focusing on pandemics, specifically Ebola. It premieres tonight at 9pm ET on National Geographic Channel.