Personalized Medicine’s 20th Anniversary: From Promise to Practice
November 30 – December 1, 2023 • Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA
Headshots and biographical descriptions of speakers for the 17th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference are presented below.
Amy P. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer, President, Product Development
Verily, an Alphabet company
Amy P. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., is Chief Medical Officer and President of Product Development at Verily, an Alphabet company founded at the convergence of healthcare, data science and technology. Before joining Verily, Dr. Abernethy was Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. While at FDA, she initiated critical efforts including FDA’s technology and data modernization action plans and its efforts to leverage real-world data and evidence to address urgent questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edward Abrahams, Ph.D.
Personalized Medicine Coalition
Edward Abrahams is the President of the Personalized Medicine Coalition. Representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers, and payers, PMC promotes the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services, and products for the benefit of patients and health systems. It has grown from its original 18 founding members in 2004 to more than 225 today.
Vineeta Agarwala, M.D., Ph.D.
Vineeta Agarwala, M.D., Ph.D., is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where she leads investments for the firm’s bio + health fund across therapeutics, life sciences tools anddiagnostics, and digital health, with a focus on companies leveraging unique datasets to improve drug development and patient care delivery. Prior to joining a16z, Vineeta held many different roles in the healthcare space: as a physician taking care of patients; as an operator at health-tech startups; and as a venture investor on the Google Ventures life sciences team.
Global Commercial Head, Precision Medicine
The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
With a degree in management engineering obtained between Italy, France and Germany, Gabriele Allegri began his working career in the United States in an American start-up focused on big data. Two years later, he returned to Europe and began working for the Accenture consultancy company, in the Innovation Center of Sophia Antipolis in France, managing various projects for European key accounts in various sectors. In 2004, he returned to Italy with a scholarship to obtain his M.B.A. at the Bocconi School. In 2005, after an internship at Eli Lilly, he joined Janssen Italia, the pharmaceutical company of the Johnson & Johnson Group.
Antonio L. Andreu, M.D., Ph.D.
European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine
Toni is an M.D., Ph.D., who specialized in genetics and genomics of rare diseases. He has been working in the field of neuromuscular disorders from the translational perspective of the pipeline, from basic science to the development of cell and animal models and clinical research. After working at Columbia University in New York on mitochondrial disorders from 1998 to 2001, he moved to Barcelona to create the Neuromuscular Lab at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute, where he became Director of the Neurosciences Research Program. He has also been extremely active in the field of policy-making and held positions as the Director of the Spanish National Institute of Health, Carlos III, creating the national program for personalized medicine.
Tomasz Beer, M.D.
Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Multi-Cancer Early Detection
Dr. Tomasz (Tom) Beer has served as Chief Medical Officer for Multi-Cancer Early Detection at Exact Sciences since August 2022. Dr. Beer also serves as Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute, where he sees men with prostate cancer. Until August of 2022, Dr. Beer was the Grover C. Bagby Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, where he led a prostate cancer research program encompassing basic research, translational research, clinical trials of novel therapeutic strategies, and studies aimed at enhancing cancer survivorship.
Cynthia A. Bens
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
Personalized Medicine Coalition
Cynthia A. Bens, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Personalized Medicine Coalition, leads the Coalition’s policy development and government relations efforts and serves as its primary liaison with Congress and federal regulators. In collaboration with PMC’s Senior Vice President for Science Policy Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D., Bens is responsible for implementing research, regulatory, and reimbursement policy strategies that promote the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services, and products to benefit patients and health systems.
Vice President, Policy and Research
Randy Burkholder is the vice president of policy and research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Burkholder leads PhRMA’s work on policy solutions for supporting continued biopharmaceutical innovation and high-quality, patient-centered health care, including payment and delivery reform, quality measurement, appropriate use and patient adherence, evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment, value of innovation, and personalized medicine. Burkholder represents PhRMA at federal agencies and advisory bodies including the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Technical Expert Panel on oncology, and the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Thomas Brown, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Brown, an internationally renowned oncologist and cancer researcher, joins Syapse from the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), where he served as Executive Director of SCI and led the establishment of the SCI Personalized Medicine Program. Dr. Brown also served in leadership roles across PSJH, including as Co-Chair of the PSJH Cancer Leadership Council and Co-Chair of the PSJH Genomics Initiative. Dr. Brown’s clinical and research efforts have been focused on gastrointestinal malignancies, broad developmental therapeutics in oncology, health care policy, and global medicine.
RA Capital Management
Tess Cameron is a Principal on the Investment Team at RA Capital Management. Tess works on both public and private investments and serves on several company boards. Previously, Tess held finance leadership roles at Foghorn Therapeutics, Wave Life Sciences, and Biogen. Prior to joining the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries, she was a specialist in the corporate finance team at McKinsey & Co, focused on corporate transactions. Tess has a B.A. with a double major in economics and peace & conflict studies from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Helmy Eltoukhy, Ph.D.
Chairman, Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Dr. Helmy Eltoukhy is the Chairman and co-CEO of the leading precision oncology company Guardant Health, Inc, which he co-founded in 2012 with Dr. AmirAli Talasaz. In 2007, Helmy co-founded Avantome to commercialize semiconductor sequencing which was acquired by Illumina in 2008. While at Illumina, Helmy served as Senior Director of Advanced Technology Research, where he developed novel chemistries, hardware, and informatics for genetic analysis systems. Helmy received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and he joined the Stanford Genome Technology Center as a post-doctoral fellow in 2006 to work on low-cost DNA sequencing technologies.
Christian Eusemann, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Innovation, North America
Christian Eusemann, Ph.D., has a long history of overseeing research and innovation in the areas of medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, therapies, and health economics, both in academia and in the medical device industry, and with areas of expertise that range from medical physics to artificial intelligence. Having held academic positions at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Eusemann is currently a Board Member of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia in addition to serving on the advisory boards of various societies, hospitals, and universities.
Phil Febbo, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Phil Febbo was appointed as Chief Medical Officer of Illumina in March 2018. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s medical strategy to accelerate genomic testing in order to improve health and healthcare. Dr. Febbo has a successful track record of translational research, clinical excellence, and embedding molecular insights into clinical care. Immediately before joining Illumina, Dr. Febbo served as Chief Medical Officer of Genomic Health.
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Kathy Giusti is a two-time cancer survivor, business leader, and healthcare disrupter. Founder of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator, Kathy works to push for change where it’s needed most, fix what is broken so others may heal, and simplify the journey for others, so they can heal themselves.
Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
American Enterprise Institute
Scott Gottlieb, M.D., is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He returned to AEI in 2019 after serving as the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At AEI, he continues his work on improving public health through entrepreneurship and medical innovation and on expanding regulatory approaches to maintain patient and physician autonomy. Dr. Gottlieb is also a special partner with the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates and serves on the boards of Pfizer, Illumina, Aetion, and Tempus.
Gary joined Health Advances in 2005 and leads the firm’s precision medicine practice. A noted writer and workshop leader in the field of companion diagnostics and precision medicine, his work focuses on commercialization strategy, indication prioritization, pricing and reimbursement strategy, system economics, and business development opportunities for both diagnostic and therapeutic clients. Prior to joining Health Advances, Gary was a researcher at Brookhaven National Lab evaluating a proprietary line of synthetic growth factors. Gary received his M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Stony Brook University.
Catherine Hajek, M.D.
Internal Medicine Physician
Catherine Hajek graduated from the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. Prior to completing a medical genetics fellowship at the UCLA Intercampus Medical Genetics Program, she practiced outpatient internal medicine at Sanford Adult Medicine in Sioux Falls, SD. Her training was focused on adult genetics and the genetics of common complex disease and genomic contribution to risk. Since completing her training in June 2016, she has been a leader in the development of Sanford Health’s pre-emptive genetic screening program.
Vice President, Precision Medicine
Bristol Myers Squibb
At Bristol Myers Squibb, Sarah is responsible for leading a research and development team of more than 100 scientists supporting translational sciences and diagnostics. She leads a team at Bristol Myers Squibb that supported more than 20 drug approvals, top-line results, and other key regulatory milestones in a single year during the pandemic. Prior to her time with Bristol Myers Squibb, Sarah was Head of Precision Medicine and Vice President at Celgene, which was acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb in 2019.
Steffan Ho, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President, Head of Translational Oncology
Steffan N. Ho is currently Vice President and Head of Translational Oncology in the Global Product Development organization at Pfizer. As a board-certified pathologist and principal research investigator with over 20 years of clinical, academic, and industry experience, Dr. Ho brings together an understanding of clinical diagnostics, human cancer, tumor biology, precision medicine, technology platforms, and drug development. He has contributed to precision oncology efforts supporting the approval of a number of targeted therapies and companion diagnostic tests benefiting patients with solid tumor and hematologic malignancies.
Chief Commercial Officer
Josh has over 20 years of experience in various commercial leadership roles, most recently as Genentech’s Vice President of Personalized Healthcare Market Development, and Lifecycle Leader for Foundation Medicine responsible for its international business. He spent seven years with Roche Diagnostics, leading various sales and business development functions in the United States and Europe. Josh’s experience also includes strategy roles with McKinsey and product management at Palm.
Konstantinos Lazaridis, M.D.
Executive Director, Center for Individualized Medicine
Konstantinos Lazaridis, M.D., serves as the Carlson and Nelson Endowed Executive Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. He is a Professor of Medicine and a Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, and is considered an international leader in rare chronic cholestatic liver diseases. Dr. Lazaridis has been the primary architect in establishing and directing the Individualized Medicine Clinic and the Program for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases. He serves as the principal investigator of the Tapestry study, a large, scalable, decentralized direct-to-patient exome project that has already enrolled and sequenced more than 77,000 adult patients seen in the clinical practice across the Mayo Clinic enterprise.
Peter Maag, Ph.D.
Peter Maag is the CEO of Kyverna Therapeutics. Dr. Maag has over 20 years of executive management experience in the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries. He served previously as the CEO of CareDx. Prior to joining CareDx, he headed the expansion of Novartis’ diagnostics unit, with worldwide growth in its blood screening business and established new ventures in molecular diagnostics. Peter also led one of Novartis’ key affiliates as Country President, Germany, and lived in a dynamically growing and emerging market as Country President, Korea. At Novartis headquarters in Switzerland, he served as the Head of Strategy for Novartis Pharmaceuticals and helped launch the infectious diseases franchise.
Howard McLeod, Pharm.D.
Clarified Precision Medicine
Howard McLeod is an internationally recognized expert in precision medicine, having made novel contributions at the discovery, translation, implementation, and policy levels. He is the Medical Director for Precision Medicine at the Geriatric Oncology Consortium and a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of South Florida. Dr. McLeod chaired the NHGRI eMERGE network external scientific panel for the past decade and was a recent member of both the FDA committee on Clinical Pharmacology and the NIH Human Genome Advisory Council. Dr. McLeod has been recognized as a Fellow of both the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
After earning a graduate degree from the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, Tom joined Siemens, where he ran the global MRI business. He has also served as the CEO of the global medical operations of Carl Zeiss, the CEO of Analogic Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of LightLab Imaging, a start-up he helped to establish and sell. Tom re-joined Siemens in 2002 serving as a member of the Global Operating Board and Division CEO of Siemens Healthcare, with 26,000 employees in over 130 countries. In 2013, Tom started GreyBird Ventures, an investment firm focused on technologies for precision medicine diagnosis.
Lincoln Nadauld, M.D., Ph.D.
Lincoln Nadauld, M.D., Ph.D., is the CEO of Culmination Bio, a clinical insights company spun out of Intermountain Healthcare. Prior to coming on as Culmination Bio’s full-time CEO, Dr. Nadauld served as the Chief of Precision Health at Intermountain Healthcare, where he founded the Intermountain Precision Genomics program with a vision of finding solutions to improve health and disease through genomics and precision medicine without increasing costs. With this vision in mind, he oversaw the clinical implementation of precision genomics across Intermountain’s 24 hospitals and 160 physician clinics. He also facilitated research aimed at developing a better understanding of the human genome.
Joshua Ofman, M.D.
Joshua Ofman, M.D., is President at Grail, a multi-cancer early detection testing company. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors of Cell BT, Inc., an immunotherapy company focused on the discovery and development of innovative cancer therapeutics. Previously, Josh spent more than 15 years at Amgen, where he most recently held the role of Senior Vice President, Global Value, Access and Policy. Prior to that, Josh was a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and Health Services Research at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Michael J. Pellini, M.D.
Mike is a Managing Partner of Section 32, a venture capital fund investing at the frontiers of technology and healthcare. Prior to joining Section 32 in 2017, he served as CEO and Chairman of Foundation Medicine, a company that transformed the way pharmaceutical companies and physicians evaluate the genomic changes underlying a patient’s cancer. He transitioned to Foundation Medicine Chairman through the close of Roche’s acquisition of the company in August of 2018. Previously, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Clarient, a national leader in molecular pathology. Clarient was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2010.
Kathryn Phillips, Ph.D.
Professor, Founding Director of the Center for Translational and Policy Research on Precision Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Kathryn A. Phillips, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Economics, UCSF, and Founding Editor-in-Chief Health Affairs Scholar. In 2018, she founded the UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Precision Medicine, which focuses on how to implement precision medicine effectively, efficiently, and equitably. Center research focuses on insurer coverage, economic value, and evidence synthesis and integrating perspectives across academia, industry, payers, and government. Kathryn has published ~200 articles in major journals, led NIH grants for 30 years, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Genomics, and served on the governing Board of Directors for GenomeCanada and as an advisor to the FDA, CDC, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and White House Office of Science and Technology as well as dozens of tech/pharma companies and venture capitalists. Kathryn also serves on an evidence review committee for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.
Former Chairman, CEO
Committed to changing the paradigm of cancer care, Kim Popovits led Genomic Health in revolutionizing the treatment of cancer through genomic-based diagnostic tests for breast, colon, and prostate cancers that address the over-treatment and optimal treatment of early-stage cancer, one of the greatest issues in health care today. She now serves as a board member with 10x Genomics. Kim served as Genomic Health’s Chairman of the Board beginning in 2012, as its CEO and President beginning in 2009, and as its President and Chief Operating Officer beginning in 2002.
Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Science Policy
Personalized Medicine Coalition
Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President of Science Policy at the Personalized Medicine Coalition, where he leads PMC’s efforts to increase awareness and understanding of personalized medicine; identify and address barriers to the adoption of personalized medicine into the health care system; and develop and promote appropriate clinical, health care infrastructure, regulatory and payment policies. Before coming to PMC, Dr. Pritchard served as the Director of Policy Research at the National Pharmaceutical Council. Prior to joining NPC, he served as the Director of Research Programs Advocacy and Personalized Medicine at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO).
Chad Robins is the CEO and co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies, a commercial stage biotechnology company that aims to translate the genetics of the adaptive immune system into clinical products to diagnose and treat disease. Since its founding in 2009, Chad has led Adaptive in building a proprietary immune medicine platform that fuels businesses across life sciences research, clinical diagnostics, and drug discovery. In 2019, Chad guided the company through its initial public offering, which was one of the year’s most successful in biotechnology.
Wendy Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Scientific Officer, Division of Cancer Prevention
National Cancer Institute
Wendy Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D., is a Senior Scientific Officer in the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute. She was Director of Personalized Medicine at FDA, Deputy Medical Director of ASCO’s real-world data platform CancerLinQ, launched and directed the NIH Genetic Testing Registry, co-created ClinVar, was co-discoverer of the SDHD gene for hereditary paraganglioma syndrome, and directed academic cancer genetics programs for 15 years at NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.
Chairman, President, CEO
Adam Schechter became CEO of Labcorp in November 2019 and Chairman in May 2020. Previously, Schechter was named Lead Independent Director in January 2019 after serving on the board since 2013. Under Schechter’s leadership, Labcorp, a leading global life sciences company with more than 80,000 employees, harnesses science, innovation, and technology to improve health and lives. Through its strong diagnostics and drug development capabilities, vast health data and insights, and extensive global laboratory network, the company advances healthcare across all major clinical and therapeutic areas, including oncology, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune conditions, liver diseases, and more.
Chief Cloud Officer
Omar Serang serves as the Chief Cloud Officer of DNAnexus, a company that works to enable personalized medicine through multi-omic cloud-based computing solutions. Omar previously created the Enterprise IT Cloud Transformation consulting practice at Amazon Web Services. Before that, he served as an operations engineering manager at Amazon.
Michael Sherman, M.D.
RA Capital Management
Dr. Michael Sherman served for 12 years as Chief Medical Officer of regional health insurer Point32Health, which was created in early 2021 by the merger of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan. He is widely recognized as a leader in partnering with precision medicine companies to develop innovative approaches to broadening access to innovative technologies while also generating real-world evidence that can drive change more broadly.
Senior Vice President of External Affairs
Lauren Silvis serves as Senior Vice President of External Affairs, overseeing regulatory, public policy and government affairs. Silvis previously served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to that role, she was the Deputy Center Director for Policy in FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. At FDA, she advanced policies on clinical testing, precision medicine, and digital health. Silvis was also a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, focusing on FDA regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She graduated from Duke University and earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Vice President, Head of Corporate Affairs
Alexion/AstraZeneca Rare Disease
Before joining Alexion, Tamar led federal executive branch strategy and state government affairs for Bristol-Myers Squibb. She served as strategic policy advisor and consultant for ADVI, Kimbell & Associates, and Avalere Health. Prior, Tamar was Director of Health Policy & Reimbursement at Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals (now Progenics) and held health policy and reimbursement leadership strategy roles at GE Healthcare and Bracco Diagnostics. She also held several senior leadership roles for Humana and ValueOptions (now Beacon Health Options).
Deputy Editorial Page Editor
The Washington Post
Karen Tumulty is a Deputy Opinion Editor and columnist for The Washington Post. In her previous role as a national political correspondent for the newspaper, she received the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. She joined The Post in 2010 from Time magazine, where she had held the same title. During her more than 15 years at Time, Tumulty wrote or co-wrote more than three dozen cover stories. She also held positions with Time as a congressional correspondent and White House correspondent.
Michael Vasconcelles, M.D.
Executive Vice President, Research, Development, and Medical Affairs
Dr. Vasconcelles joined ImmunoGen in 2023 from Frazier Healthcare Partners, where he served as a Senior Advisor to the Life Sciences team. Prior to that, he was the Chief Medical Officer and Head of the Medical and Scientific Organization at Flatiron Health, a health technology company focused on accelerating cancer research and improving patient care. Before joining Flatiron, Dr. Vasconcelles served as Chief Medical Officer at Unum Therapeutics, a cell and gene therapy company developing autologous engineered T-cell products for the treatment of cancer. He also spent several years at Takeda/Millennium, where he was Senior Vice President and Head of the Oncology Therapy Area Unit.
Jared Whitlock is the Features Editor at Endpoints News. Previously a freelance journalist and MIT Knight Science Journalism fellow in the Fall of 2021, his work has appeared in publications including Wired, STAT, and The New York Times. Prior to this, he was a biotechnology, healthcare and special projects reporter at The San Diego Business Journal. When not fussing over words, he can be found surfing at various San Diego beaches.
Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D.
Former Chief Medical Officer & Chief Scientific Officer, Quest Diagnostics
Managing Partner, Trusted Health Advisors
Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth has years of experience leading healthcare innovation efforts in diagnostic testing, medical devices, virtual care, and digital health, as well as pharmaceutical and companion diagnostics development. He served as Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, and Senior Vice President for Quest Diagnostics over a period of 14 years. In that role, he was responsible for R&D, Medical Affairs, Medical Quality and Regulatory. He also ran Quest’s self-insured health plan for over 60,000 members as well as the Employer Population Health business. Dr. Wohlgemuth ran Quest’s scientific and medical response to Covid-19 and received a C. Everett Koop Award for best population health program in 2020 for his work with Quest’s employee health plan.