Board of Directors

Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. (Secretary)

Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer & Senior Vice President of Oncology, Flatiron Health

    • Before joining Flatiron, Amy was Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, and ran the Center for Learning Health Care in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Cancer Care Research Program in the Duke Cancer Institute. For more than a decade, she has pioneered the development of technology platforms to spur novel advancements in cancer care, including the development of systems by which big data can support personalized medicine and scientific discovery. Joining Flatiron was the obvious next step.

      Amy went to the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, and then medical school at Duke, where she also did her Internal Medicine residency, a year as Chief Resident, and her hematology/oncology fellowship. She has her PhD from Flinders University in Australia, focused on evidence-based medicine. As an oncologist and palliative care physician, she sincerely believes in putting the patient in the center of the health care story and ensuring that the solutions we build have patient best interests at heart. She is also a mother of two and an avid traveler.

      With over 375 publications, Amy is an internationally recognized expert in health services research, comparative effectiveness research, patient reported outcomes, clinical informatics and patient-centered care. She maintains her role at Duke 20 percent, and is an appointee to the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum, Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and leader within several federally-funded research networks. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Turning the Tide Against Cancer policy initiative. She also serves on the Board of Directors for athenahealth.

Edward Abrahams, Ph.D. (President)

President, PMC

    • Edward AbrahamsEdward Abrahams, Ph.D., is president of the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC). 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 the health system. It has grown from its original 18 founding members in 2004 to more than 225 today.

      Previously Dr. Abrahams was executive director of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, where he spearheaded the successful effort that led to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s investment of $200 million to commercialize biotechnology in the state. Earlier he had been Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and held a senior administrative position at Brown University.

      Dr. Abrahams worked for seven years for the U.S. Congress, including as a legislative assistant to Senator Lloyd Bentsen, an economist for the Joint Economic Committee under the chairmanship of Representative Lee Hamilton, and as a AAAS Congressional Fellow for Representative Edward J. Markey.

      The author of numerous essays, Dr. Abrahams serves on the editorial board of Personalized Medicine and has also taught history and public policy at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Steven D. Averbuch, M.D.

Vice President, Development, Oncology & Pharmacodiagnostics, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

    • Dr. Averbuch is Vice President, Development, Oncology & Pharmacodiagnostics, Bristol-Myers Squibb.  In this role, Dr. Averbuch is responsible for the execution of external clinical collaborations for the company’s immuno-oncology pipeline.  Dr. Averbuch also leads the Pharmacodiagnostics Center of Excellence, whose mission is to drive biomarker strategy, optimize biomarker knowledge and tools across all of R&D and execute on the integrated co-development and co-commercialization of diagnostic tests as companions to Bristol-Myers Squibb medicines. 

      Dr. Averbuch joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2006.  Prior to his current role, he co-led the Oncology early strategy team, and he was the executive sponsor for Oncology Transition Teams for the execution of Phase 2 Oncology programs.  He has made significant Global Clinical Research contributions to business development, and he has participated in multiple successful licensing and acquisition deals.

      Dr. Averbuch previously held positions at Merck Research Laboratories, AstraZeneca and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He received his M.D. and Internal Medicine training from the University of Illinois, Chicago and his Medical Oncology training at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

      Dr. Averbuch has authored over 60 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, and he is a co-author on one patent.  He is currently on the Personalized Medicine Coalition Board of Directors, the Steering Committee of the National Biomarker Development Alliance, the Advisory Board for the University of Kansas Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation, and he is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research having served on multiple committees for both organizations.  Dr. Averbuch is the 2014 recipient of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Paul R. Billings, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.M.G.

Chairman, Biological Dynamics, Inc.

    • Board certified internist and clinical geneticist, Dr. Paul R. Billings is the Chairman of Biological Dynamics, Inc., an innovative cancer testing company in San Diego, CA. Prior to this position, Dr. Billings was the Chief Medical Officer of Life Technologies Inc. (Lifetech) and then the Chief Medical Officer (consulting) of the Genetic Sciences Division of ThermoFisher Scientific (TFS), both unique positions aimed at improving patient care by expanding the use of medically relevant genomic technologies in clinical settings.

      Dr. Billings has extensive expertise and health care experience in the areas of genomics and molecular medicine. Dr. Billings has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the FDA and the Genomic Medicine Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is currently a member of the IOM Genomics Roundtable at National Academy of Sciences, and serves on other for-profit and not-for-profit Boards, including the Council for Responsible Genetics, the country’s oldest independent biotechnology “watchdog” organization.

      Dr. Billings is also the author of nearly 200 publications and books on experimental and clinical medicine. His work on genetic discrimination was instrumental in the creation and passage of the federal Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008.

      Dr. Billings holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard University.

Neil de Crescenzo

President & CEO, Change Healthcare

    • Mr. de Crescenzo was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Change Healthcare in September 2013. Change Healthcare is a leading provider of software and analytics, network solutions, and technology-enabled services whose Intelligent Healthcare Network® is one of the largest financial and administrative networks in the United States health care system generating revenues of over $1.4 billion annually. 

      Prior to Change Healthcare, Mr. de Crescenzo was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle’s Global Health Sciences business. Previously, he spent a decade at IBM Corporation including his last role as senior executive for Global Healthcare Business Consulting Services. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions in a major hospital system, a large physician practice and at a major health insurer. Mr. de Crescenzo began his career in investment banking, working with U.S. and European clients in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

      Mr. de Crescenzo earned a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.  He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Health Care Council and on the Executive Committee of Healthcare Leadership Council.

Donna R. Cryer, J.D.

President & CEO, Global Liver Institute

    • Donna R. Cryer, J.D., has channeled her personal experience as an IBD and liver transplant patient into professional advocacy as president and chief executive officer of the Global Liver Institute, the innovation and collaboration platform for the liver community. Ms. Cryer most recently served as chair, president & chief executive officer of the American Liver Foundation, the largest and oldest national nonprofit organization serving liver disease patients and their families. She was the first patient to lead the organization in its 36-year history.

      For eight years, Ms. Cryer has led CryerHealth, a health care consulting firm providing strategic counsel to top biopharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy organizations, and emerging technology firms on patient engagement in health information technology, drug discovery, and clinical decision making.

      Her e-health experience includes participating in the launch of the Office of National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) consumer engagement campaign and serving on the ONC technical expert panel on patient-generated health data, participating as a member of the White House e-health equity taskforce and the judging panel on the White House design challenge on innovating the electronic patient medical record. Her blog, DCpatient – An Impatient Patient’s Perspective from Washington, DC, and twitter feed @DCpatient are listed as top resources for insights into emerging e-patients and patient advocates.

      Ms. Cryer is a patient representative to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a merit reviewer for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group to the NIH Learning Health System Research Collaboratory. Additionally, Ms. Cryer serves on the Gastroenterology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Guidelines Committee; Hepatitis B Infection Screening in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for Treatment of Malignant Diseases, the Board of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, is a member of the Patient and Consumer Advisory Council for the Center for Medical Technology Policy, and is an adviser to HarborPath, a patient assistance program for those living with HIV/AIDS and HCV.

      Ms. Cryer received an undergraduate degree from Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges and received a Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center.

      She resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, Dennis R. Cryer, MD, FAHA.

William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D. (Chair)

CEO, M2Gen
Director, DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center

    • Dr. William “Bill” S. Dalton is Founder and CEO of M2Gen, a national biotechnology subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center. He is the past President, CEO & Center Director of Moffitt Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (2002-2012). Prior to his role as the President, CEO & Center Director of Moffitt Cancer Center, Dr. Dalton was the Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. 

      Dr. Dalton is interested in the development of personalized cancer care and patient-centered outcomes research through Moffitt’s nationally renowned Total Cancer CareTM approach to developing evidence-based, personalized cancer treatments and information/decision tools for patients and clinicians. Total Cancer Care includes one of the largest cancer tumor bio-repositories and data warehouses in the U.S. dedicated to the development of personalized medicine.  He is also recognized as a founder of ORIEN, an alliance of cancer centers who have agreed to use the Total Cancer Care protocol to generate and share data for collaborative research and learning.  For his leadership in this area, Dr. Dalton was recognized as the 2010 recipient of the Personalized Medicine Coalition’s National Leadership in Personalized Medicine Award. Dr. Dalton’s basic and translational research interests focus on molecular mechanisms of drug resistance and drug discovery. He has over 200 publications, serves on several editorial boards, and has numerous patents in the fields of drug discovery and personalized medicine.

Stephen L. Eck, M.D., Ph.D. (Vice Chair)

Vice President, Oncology Medical Sciences, Astellas Pharma Global Development

    • Dr. Eck is Vice President of Oncology Medical Sciences at Astellas Pharma Global Development (Headquartered in Northbrook, IL). He is directly responsible for the oversight of oncology drug development plans. Much of this work is focused on special cancer populations for which unique biology enables the development of personalized cancer therapies. Dr. Eck previously served as Vice President, Translational Medicine & Pharmacogenomics at Eli Lilly and Company (2007-2011) where he was responsible for the clinical pharmacology components of drug development including both early phase clinical studies and late stage drug development studies. His group also developed the biomarkers and companion diagnostics needed for effective decision-making and for tailoring therapeutics to the right patient population. Prior to Joining Lilly, Dr. Eck served in a variety of drug development leadership roles at Pfizer, Inc (2002-2007).

      Dr. Eck is a board certified Hematologist/Oncologist with broad drug development experience in Oncology and Neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Pharmaceutical Sciences). He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the ACGT Foundation (which supports academic cancer research), and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairbanks Institute (an institution dedicated to developing data banks to enable personalized medicine) from 2007-2012. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Pharmacy at the Keck Graduate School (Claremont, CA).

Timothy J. Garnett, FRCOG, MFFP, FFPM

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Medicines Development Unit & Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Company

    • Dr. Timothy Garnett, FRCOG, MFFP, FFPM, is Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice- President and Co-Leader of the Medicines Development Unit managing Medical Affairs, Medical Strategy and Development, Global Health Outcomes and Real World Evidence, Global Regulatory, Global Patient Safety, Clinical Development in China and Japan, and Early Phase Medicine for Eli Lilly and Company. During his 17 years at Lilly, Dr. Garnett has served as Vice President for Global Patient Safety; Global Brand Development Leader and Group Medical Director responsible for the development of Duloxetine for incontinence, pain and depression; Medical Director – Duloxetine SUI Team; and European Clinical Research Physician for EVISTA.

      Prior to joining Lilly, Dr. Garnett had acquired 7 years of experience, holding a variety of positions in the pharmaceutical industry in Europe with Organon Laboratories.

      He qualified in Medicine at St. George’s Hospital in London. He practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for eight years prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry and conducted clinical research into menopause, pre-menstrual tension and post menopausal osteoporosis.

      Dr. Garnett is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the United Kingdom. He is also an active board member for the following: Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science; Indiana Health Industry Forum; and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.

Julie K. Goonewardene

Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Strategic Investment, The University of Texas System

    • Ms. Goonewardene is the associate vice chancellor for innovation and strategic investment for the University of Texas System. In this role she serves as the strategic leader and advisor for the UT System and UT institutions in all areas related to commercialization, growth and expansion of innovation and entrepreneurship including the UT Horizon Fund. She is also responsible for the development of sustainable academic-industry partnerships.  

      In addition, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Association as its public member. She is the third person to ever hold this position.  Ms. Goonewardene was recently named to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). The Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship and developing a globally competitive workforce.

      Prior to her role in Texas she held leadership positions with the University of Kansas and Purdue University. One of her primary focus areas was company formation and capital acquisition for start-up companies. While at Purdue she designed and managed Purdue's first venture fund.

      In addition to being recognized as an expert in bringing groups together across the health care spectrum to develop solutions to medical issues, Ms. Goonewardene is an experienced entrepreneur. She co-founded and served as president of a venture-backed software company, which she sold in 2004. Previously, she was president of an information technology consulting firm and co-founder of an IT professional services firm that went public three years after its inception.

      Ms. Goonewardene is a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally on entrepreneurship and an author on innovation. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Finance Exchange.

      Ms. Goonewardene holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in general management and a Masters of Science in health communication both from Purdue University. 

Howard McLeod, Pharm.D.

Medical Director, DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center

    • Dr. Howard McLeod is the Medical Director of the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at the Moffitt Cancer Center.  He is also a Senior Member of the Division of Population Sciences.  Most recently, he was the Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. McLeod held appointments in the UNC Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

      Dr. McLeod is also chair of the NHGRI eMERGE network external scientific panel and a recent member of the FDA committee on Clinical Pharmacology and the NIH NHGRI Advisory Council.  Since 2002, Dr McLeod has been vice chair for Pharmacogenomics for the NCI clinical trials cooperative group CALGB/ALLIANCE, overseeing the largest oncology pharmacogenomics portfolio in the world.  Dr. McLeod is also a 1000 talent scholar of China and a professor at Central South University in Changsha, China.  He directs the Pharmacogenetics for Every Nation Initiative, which aims to help developing countries use genetic information to improve National Drug Formulary decisions. 

      Dr. McLeod has also been an active entrepreneur, serving on the Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Board, and as a domain expert consultant to for-profit companies.  He has founded both for-profit and non-profit companies in the USA and China.  Howard has published more than 475 peer reviewed papers on pharmacogenomics, applied therapeutics or clinical pharmacology and continues to work to integrate genetics principles into clinical practice to advance individualized medicine.

J. Brian Munroe (Past President & Past Chair)

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Endo Pharmaceuticals

    • Brian Munroe is the founder and the immediate Past-President of the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC). He currently serves as the Chairman of the PMC Public Policy Committee and on the Executive Committee of the PMC Board of Directors.

      Brian is a twenty year veteran of health care public policy, advocacy, and communications. His areas of expertise are in FDA legislation and regulations, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, federal and state tax policy, and the development of government policies to advance personalized medicine.

      Brian has created  successful, stand alone Government Affairs Departments from scratch at: SmithKline Beecham, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Endo Pharmaceuticals.  He is currently the Vice-President in charge of Washington office, the Public Policy group, State Government Relations and, the Political Action Committee at Endo. He also serves on Endo’s Executive Operations Committee.

      Brian’s breadth in health care policy stretches across pharma/biotech, home health care, diagnostics, medical devices, clinical laboratories, and health care payors. His geographical responsibilities have included the fifty states, the Federal government and Congress, and for a short time the European Union and member countries.

      Brian began his career in Washington, D.C. working for United States Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA).

      Brian currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife Vicky and their four children.

D. Stafford O'Kelly (Treasurer)

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder, Altan Pharma, Ltd.

    • Mr. O’Kelly is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a Founder of Altan Pharma Ltd. O’Kelly has more than 30 years of experience in global health care markets. Prior to founding Altan, O’Kelly had a 29 year career with Abbott Laboratories where he was a corporate officer and held numerous executive positions in general management and finance. His most recent position at Abbott was President of Abbott Molecular Inc. Prior to that role, O’Kelly held numerous other senior leadership positions including Vice President of Latin America & Canada; Vice President, Finance, Abbott International; Vice President Finance, TAP Pharmaceuticals; and Division Vice President and Controller, Abbott Nutrition. Mr. O’Kelly earned his M.B.A. and his B.A. B.A.I. at Trinity College Dublin.

Michael J. Pellini, M.D.

CEO, Foundation Medicine

    • Dr. Pellini joined Foundation Medicine as President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2011, bringing a breadth of experience in life sciences and the clinical diagnostics and laboratory industries to the company. Dr. Pellini came to Foundation Medicine from Clarient, a GE Healthcare Company, where he held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Pellini joined GE Healthcare through the integration of Clarient, Inc., where he worked with the company’s leadership team to drive operational excellence and reimbursement strategies in parallel with the development and commercialization of multiple diagnostic tests. Dr. Pellini’s leadership was instrumental in building Clarient to the highly successful acquisition by GE Healthcare in October 2010.

      Prior to his tenure with Clarient, Dr. Pellini served as Vice President, Life Sciences at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. where he leveraged his business and medical expertise to explore new market opportunities and to support Safeguard’s partner companies. Prior to Safeguard, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Lakewood Pathology Associates, a national molecular pathology services company, which was acquired by Water Street Healthcare Partners in 2006. Previously, Dr. Pellini was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BioAdvance, where he was responsible for identifying early-stage life science opportunities. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Genomics Collaborative, Inc., a Boston-based biotech firm that was acquired by SeraCare Life Sciences, Inc. in 2004.

      Dr. Pellini received a BA from Boston College, an MBA from Drexel University and an MD from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He is a board member of the Personalized Medicine Coalition and serves on the President’s Leadership Council of Jefferson Medical College.

Kimberly Popovits

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer & President, Genomic Health

    • Committed to changing the paradigm of cancer care, Kim Popovits has 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.

      Kim has served as Genomic Health’s Chairman of the Board since 2012, and Chief Executive Officer and President since 2009. She was President and Chief Operating Officer since joining the company in 2002. Prior to joining Genomic Health, Kim served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales at the biotechnology company, Genentech, Inc. During her 15 years at Genentech, Kim led the successful commercialization of 14 new therapies, including Herceptin®, the revolutionary targeted treatment that changed the way doctors treat a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. Before joining Genentech, Kim served as division manager for American Critical Care, a division of American Hospital Supply Corporation. Kim currently serves on the boards of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), and ZS Pharma. Kim is also the President of The Coalition for 21st Century Medicine, and serves as an Adviser to the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).

      Kim’s contributions to science and the commercialization of the biotechnology industry have been acknowledged by multiple organizations including being named Most Admired CEO in 2014 as well as one of the Most Influential Women in the Bay Area from 2006-2012 by the San Francisco Business Times. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2008 by the Women Health Care Executives.

      Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Michigan State University.

Hakan Sakul, Ph.D.

Vice President & Head of Diagnostics, Enterprise Scientific Technology Operations, Worldwide R&D

    • Hakan Sakul Hakan leads Pfizer’s Companion Diagnostics efforts across the Worldwide R&D organization and is also responsible for Pfizer’s internal Biobank group. His formal education includes BS (1983) and MS (1984) degrees from Ankara University in Turkey, PhD (1990) in Quantitative Genetics from the University of Minnesota as a Rotary Foundation Scholar, and postdoctoral studies in genetics at the University of California-Davis (1990-94).

      Hakan worked in the biotech industry in human genetics and statistical genetics fields across multiple disease areas before moving to Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals in 1998 to direct human genetics, statistical genetics and pharmacogenetics programs.  Following the merger of Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis with Pfizer, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in Clinical Pharmacogenomics, Molecular Profiling, and Translational Oncology. Hakan interacted closely with Pfizer’s Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Directors to define and implement Pfizer’s current companion diagnostics strategy. One of his most significant professional accomplishments was to lead the companion diagnostics program for Xalkori® (Crizotinib), Pfizer’s flagship program in companion diagnostics. Hakan served on the clinical development and drug/diagnostics submission teams and led the companion diagnostics program to a successful delivery, resulting in simultaneous FDA approvals of both the drug and the companion diagnostic test in 2011.

      Hakan was then promoted to his current role to provide companion diagnostics leadership across Pfizer’s pharmaceutical pipeline.  He led the internal efforts that resulted in companion diagnostics partnerships with Dako/Agilent and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, among others. Hakan’s contributions to precision medicine and companion diagnostics have been widely recognized through both internal and external awards, frequent speaking engagements, and press coverage. He is the author of over 30 referred scientific articles as well as many other papers, abstracts and book chapters.

      Hakan is keenly interested in technologies for identification of patient sub-groups for targeted treatments and development of companion diagnostics to advance Precision Medicine for the improvement of individualized healthcare.  He is an active member of civic clubs, and enjoys cycling, soccer, and stand-up paddle-boarding. 

Jared N. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D.

Founder and President, Jared N. Schwartz, MD, PhD, LLC

    • Dr. Schwartz is Founder and President of Jared N. Schwartz MD, PhD, LLC, a global healthcare consulting firm that provides advice, analysis and recommendations on strategic business matters, clinical issues, scientific information, emerging trends and technologies that help in patient care and business performance.

      He has over 30 years of pathology expertise, which include former Chief Medical Officer at Leica Biosystems. He has worked with Aperio, and previously served as President of the College of American Pathologists and as Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Presbyterian Healthcare in Charlotte, North Carolina.

      Board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with subspecialty boards in medical microbiology and cytopathology, he is a graduate of Duke University Medical School, where he completed his residency and fellowship training, and served as chief resident. He was appointed to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee by HHS, and was a co-chair and author of the ASCO/CAP Guidelines on HER2, which was published in the January 2007 editions of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and was one of authors of ASCO/CAP Guidelines for ER/PR published in Journal of Clinical Oncology and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 2010. He also serves as a Consulting Professor of Pathology at Stanford University.

Michael J. Vasconcelles, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Unum Therapeutics

    • Michael Vasconcelles, M.D. is responsible for defining the strategic vision and leading the execution of Unum’s clinical program. He is an industry veteran with extensive experience in managing multiple clinical programs.

      Dr. Vasconcelles previously served as Senior Vice President and Global Head for Oncology at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. While there, he led the development of the oncology portfolio from candidate selection through life cycle management, including a portfolio of marketed oncology products and throughout all stages of preclinical and clinical development.

      Prior to 2012, Dr. Vasconcelles served as Global Therapeutic Area Head, Transplant and Oncology, at Genzyme. He was responsible for the clinical development and product support of Genzyme's hematologic transplant and oncology portfolio. As a member of the Transplant and Oncology Management team, and Chair of the Transplant and Oncology R&D Council, Dr. Vasconcelles also provided strategic support and oversight to oncology research, business development and commercial strategy for the business. In 2011, following the acquisition of Genzyme by Sanofi, he led the realignment of Genzyme Oncology R&D with Sanofi Global Oncology and was named the Head, Personalized Medicine and Companion Diagnostics.?

      Before he joined Genzyme, Dr. Vasconcelles was a full time associate physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He remains an associate physician at both institutions. He has been on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School since 1996, where he is currently a clinical instructor of medicine.?

      Dr. Vasconcelles recieved both his B.A. and his M.D. from Northwestern University.

Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Research & Development and Medical, Quest Diagnostics

    • Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Research & Development and Medical for Quest Diagnostics. Based at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, in San Juan Capistrano, California, Dr. Wohlgemuth is responsible for Research & Development (R&D), Medical Affairs and Medical/Lab Quality. In addition, he is responsible for improving outcomes for employees who use Quest's health benefits.

      Dr. Wohlgemuth has many years of experience in medical diagnostics and research and development. He rejoined Quest in 2016 from HealthTap, a health information start-up, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Healthcare Officer. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, R&D, Medical and Chief Scientific Officer with Quest. Dr. Wohlgemuth originally joined Quest in 2009 from Genentech, where he was Director, Clinical Diagnostics, ITGR (Immunology, Tissue Growth and Repair) and Global Development Team Leader for Ocrulizumab. He also served as Vice President, Research and Development for VIA Pharmaceuticals and as Chief Medical Officer for the molecular diagnostics company XDx, a company he co-founded. In addition, Dr. Wohlgemuth served as Vice President, Research & Development for XDx. For his work at XDx he was awarded Technology Pioneer 2005 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Diagnostic Labs of Oklahoma and The Anne and Henry Zarrow Charitable Foundation.

      Dr. Wohlgemuth earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard College and his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, where he also served a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine.

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