November 14 – 15, 2018 • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Speakers for the 14th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference provide head shots and biographical descriptions on a rolling basis.

Amy P. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer

Flatiron Health

Amy P. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Flatiron Health, a healthcare technology and services company focused on accelerating cancer research and improving patient care. She is a hematologist/oncologist and palliative medicine physician, and internationally-recognized cancer clinical researcher with more than 400 publications.

Dr. Abernethy is an appointee to the National Academy of Medicine’s (formerly the Institute of Medicine) National Cancer Policy Forum, on the Executive Board for the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and Past President of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Before joining Flatiron, Dr. Abernethy was Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, and directed the Center for Learning Health Care in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Cancer Care Research Program in the Duke Cancer Institute. She is also on the Board of Directors of athenahealth, Inc. and was featured on TEDMED in 2013.

Edward Abrahams, Ph.D.


Personalized Medicine Coalition

Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., is the President of 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 the 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.

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


Antonio L. Andreu, M.D., Ph.D.

Scientific Director

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. He has also been the CEO of the Bellvitge Hospital, one of the most important University hospitals in Spain, as well as the Director General for Research and Innovation at the Catalan Ministry of Health.

Toni is now the Scientific Director at EATRIS, the European Advanced Infrastructure for Translational Research.

Steven D. Averbuch, M.D.

Vice President, Head of Precision Medicine

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Averbuch is Vice President, Head of Precision Medicine, at Bristol-Myers Squibb. In this role, Steve leads integrated biomarker and pharmacodiagnostic activities across the BMS R & D portfolio.

Dr. Averbuch joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2006 and he has led the Pharmacodiagnostics Center of Excellence since 2008. Other previous roles included: Leading the strategy, business development agreements and execution of external clinical collaborations for the company’s immuno-oncology pipeline; Executive sponsor and oversight for translational research activities for all late development and marketed oncology compounds; Leader of corporate-wide strategic initiatives for translational and targeted medicine; Co-leader of the oncology early strategy team, which included responsibility for the execution of Phase II oncology programs.

Aris Baras, M.D.

Vice President; Head, Regeneron Genetics Center

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Dr. Baras serves as Vice President, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Head of the Regeneron Genetics Center (RGC), one of the largest human genetics programs in the world, spanning large-scale sequencing, informatics, and translational sciences using human genetics to advance and guide the development of Regeneron’s pipeline of important new medicines. He has established and leads several foundational genomics collaborations, such as with the Geisinger Health System to sequence at least 250,000 participants and with the UK Biobank to sequence 500,000 participants.

The RGC has produced many high impact discoveries identifying new drug targets (such as HSD17B13 in chronic liver diseases), validating existing development programs (Regeneron’s evinacumab program targeting ANGPTL3, REGN3500 targeting IL33, and many more), and contributing important new gene discoveries and precision medicine strategies. The RGC has sequenced more than 300,000 individuals to date, collaborating with more than 60 institutions around the world, and plans to sequence the genomes of millions of participants across its studies.

Previously, Dr. Baras held roles and responsibilities at Regeneron across R & D and business development. Prior to Regeneron, Dr. Baras contributed to other biotechnology ventures and conducted research spanning antibody-based therapeutics, cancer research and nanotechnology applications in drug development. Dr. Baras received his bachelor’s of science, M.D. and M.B.A. all from Duke University.

Cynthia A. Bens

Senior Vice President, Public Policy

Personalized Medicine Coalition

Cynthia A. Bens, Senior Vice President, Public Policy at PMC, leads the Coalition’s policy development and government relations efforts and serves as its primary liaison with the U.S. Congress and federal regulators. In collaboration with PMC’s Senior Vice President, Science Policy, 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 the health system.

Before joining PMC, Bens was the Vice President of Public Policy at the Alliance for Aging Research. Bens guided the Alliance’s federal policy work, represented the organization in multiple national coalitions and directed all aspects of coalitions led by the Alliance. She spent more than a decade at the Alliance advancing policies to expedite the development of interventions for neurological diseases and physical frailty; to remove access barriers for cardiovascular disease treatments; and to enhance the quality of care for older adults living with multiple chronic conditions.

Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D.

Senior Advisor to the Director on Genomics and Health Disparities

U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute

Vence Bonham received his bachelor of arts from James Madison College at Michigan State University and his juris doctor degree from the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Mr. Bonham was a tenured faculty member at Michigan State University in the College of Human Medicine and adjunct professor in the Michigan State University College of Law.

Since 2003, Mr. Bonham has served as an investigator in the National Human Genome Research Institute within the Division of Intramural Research’s Social and Behavioral Research Branch. He leads the Health Disparities Genomics Unit, which conducts research that evaluates approaches to integrating new genomic knowledge and precision medicine into clinical settings without exacerbating inequities in health care delivery. His research focuses primarily on the social influences of new genomic knowledge, particularly in communities of color. He studies how genomics influences the use of the constructs of race and ethnicity in biomedical research and clinical care and the role of genomics in health inequities.

Mr. Bonham also serves as the senior advisor to the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute on genomics and health disparities.

Kristine Bordenave, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Lead Medical Director


Dr. Kristine Bordenave is the Lead Medical Director for Humana’s claims cost management division, which ensures efficient high-quality resources supporting positive clinical outcomes for present and future generations. She has a strong background in Medicare and Medicaid regulation, fraud/waste/abuse, coding, tailored quality improvement and innovative heath care delivery system redesign. An internist, she received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, with additional training through the American College of Physician Executives.

Alex J. Carlisle, Ph.D.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

National Alliance Against Disparities in Patient Health

Dr. Alex Carlisle holds a Doctorate in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Howard University and received post-doctoral training at the NIH where he helped lead the NCI Cancer Genome Anatomy Project and identified molecular therapeutic targets in Parkinson’s Disease at the NINDS. After the NIH, he went on to lead research efforts at a number of top Institutions such as, Fox Chase Cancer Center, to improve detection and understanding of colon and ovarian cancer; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to advance understanding of chemokine receptor expression in Neuroblastoma; and Inova Fairfax Hospital, to help establish the Inova Neuroscience Research Institute, the Inova-George Mason University Neuroscience Translational Research Laboratory, and serve as Founder and Director of the Laboratory of Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Carlisle went on to Northrop Grumman Health and lead development of their Precision Oncology Analytic Platform and served as Chief Scientific Officer and Program Manager for Precision Healthcare prior to leaving.

Dr. Carlisle is the Founder of the National Alliance against Disparities in Patient Health (NADPH) and serves as Chairman and CEO. At NADPH, he leads an Academic-Industrial Consortium focused on using biomedical research, and advanced computational and mobile health technologies to understand and reduce health disparities, facilitate Precision Medicine based healthcare, and improve healthcare system sustainability. Dr. Carlisle provides thought leadership and community service in science, patient advocacy, and health policy Nationally through various Boards including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Personalized Medicine Coalition, and EP3 Foundation, and currently serves as Affiliate Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University.

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 CEO of the Global Liver Institute, the innovation and collaboration platform for the liver community. Ms. Cryer most recently served as Chair, President and CEO 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.

William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D.

Founder, Executive Chairman; Director

M2Gen; DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center

Dr. William “Bill” S. Dalton is the Founder and Executive Chairman 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.

Ora Dar, Ph.D.

Senior Expert, National R&D Projects, Technological Infrastructure Division

Israel Innovation Authority

Dr. Ora Dar has 16 years of technological and operational experience, including 13 years (2005-2018) of senior management positions as the head of the Life Sciences sector at Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Israeli Ministry of economy), and currently as leader of National Infrastructure Platforms for Biotech R&D.

Dr. Dar initiated and implemented tools and new incentive platforms required for advancing R&D in Life Sciences companies and for enhancing the technology transfer between Academia and Industry. Viable outcomes, among others, are a track for funding applied research at academic institutes, a dedicated scheme for a biotechnology incubator that attracted the investment and active involvement of global Bio-Pharma companies, platforms that enabled collaboration with global Life Sciences companies, a National Tissue Bank and a special government backed Bio VC Fund. The latest resulted in leveraging over 10X the government investment.

Currently Dr. Dar is among the leaders of the National Genomic and Personal Medicine Initiative, including the establishment of a national research oriented Genomic-Clinical Database of 100K volunteers.

Prior to joining the Office of the chief scientist, Dr. Dar spent 16 years in academic research, experienced working with industry, and served 10 years as a consultant to local and global venture capital and investment firms.

Dr. Dar is a Medical Sciences graduate of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and holds a Ph.D. from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, UK.

Gregory Dorn, M.D.


Hearst Health

Greg Dorn is a Senior Vice President of Hearst and the President and Group Head of Hearst Health, overseeing Hearst’s health care businesses in the U.S. and globally, including FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health Ventures, and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab. He also serves as a Director of M2Gen.

For more than two decades, Dorn has been focused on raising the standard of excellence for patient care across the health care spectrum, through clinically rigorous guidance delivered by efficient, scalable technology. He is the co-inventor of two patented health care software technologies that continue to be used in health systems across the U.S.

Dorn has held a variety of leadership positions across Hearst, including Chief Operating Officer of Zynx Health and President of FDB. In 2013 he was appointed a Vice President of Hearst to lead its growing portfolio of health care companies, and became President of Hearst Health in 2014. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85 percent of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 70 million home health visits and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions.

Dorn received his medical doctorate from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his bachelor’s degree from the Columbia University School of Engineering. He performed his clinical training at UCLA, where he also obtained his master’s degree in health services management.

Stephen L. Eck, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Immatics US Inc.

As Chief Medical Officer of Immatics US Inc., Stephen Eck leads the clinical development of Immatics’ Adoptive Cell Therapy programs in Houston.

Eck previously served as Vice President, Oncology Medical Sciences, at Astellas Pharma Global Development, managing a portfolio of assets that included enzalutamide (Xtandi), erlotinib (Tarceva) and gilteritinib.

Eck is a hematologist and oncologist with more than 25 years of experience in academic and industrial biomedical research. He began his professional career at Monsanto in cancer target discovery and later joined the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Anne B. Young Assistant Professor of Cancer Research and the Director of the Cancer Gene Therapy Program. He subsequently held leadership roles in drug development at Pfizer and Eli Lilly Company.

Adolph P. Falcón, M.P.P.

Executive Vice President

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

As the Executive Vice President of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Adolph Falcon provides leadership and management for the Alliance’s program portfolio and development efforts. He also oversees the science and policy portfolio of the Alliance, including serving as Director of the Alliance’s Healthy Americas Institute at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

A nationally recognized expert on Hispanic health policy, he played a leading role in the landmark Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 and most recently has been active in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act, Personal Care Products Safety Act, and regulatory efforts to improve the quality of health care.

Tom Fowler, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief Scientist

Genomics England

Dr. Tom Fowler is Genomics England’s Director of Public Health and Deputy Chief Scientist. In this capacity Tom works to support the science stream around rare diseases, infectious diseases and cancer. In particular, he has led the rare disease pilot phase of the 100,000 Genomes Project.  He also coordinates the Project’s infectious disease strand, which is led primarily by Public Health England.

Following a Ph.D. in Behavioural Genetics in 2003, his career began as a Specialist Registrar in Public Health, working in the NHS. He has worked in both commissioning and specialised commissioning as well as roles such as regional epidemiologist and health protection consultant.

As a locum Public Health consultant at the Chief Medical Officer’s Private Office in 2011-2013, Tom was editor-in-chief of the ‘Annual State of the Public’s Health’ (Vol. I), a comprehensive review of health data for England. During this time, Tom worked with the Chief Medical Officer of England on thought leadership around public health, including wellbeing and antimicrobial resistance. Tom was a member of the Public Health Genomics European Network (PHGEN) meeting that led to the Declaration of Rome 2012 summary of the European Best Practice Guidelines for Quality Assurance, Provision and Use of Genome-based Information and Technologies.

Richard Hamermesh, D.B.A.

Co-Faculty Chair

Harvard Business School Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator

Richard Hamermesh is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School, where he was formerly the MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Management Practice. Currently, Richard is the Faculty Co-Chair of the Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator. Richard created and teaches the second-year MBA elective, Building Life Science Businesses. Previously, he was the course head for the required first-year course, The Entrepreneurial Manager.

From 1987 to 2001, Richard was a co-founder and a Managing Partner of The Center for Executive Development, an executive education and development consulting firm. Prior to this, from 1976 to 1987, he was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Business School.

Richard is also an active investor and entrepreneur, having participated as a principal, director and investor in the founding and early stages of more than 20 organizations. He was the founding president of the Newton Schools Foundation and served on the editorial board of the Harvard Business Review.

Richard is the author or co-author of five books, including New Business Ventures and The Entrepreneur. His best-known book, Fad-Free Management, was published in 1996. He has published more than 100 case studies and numerous articles, including his recent publications “What Precision Medicine Can Learn from the NFL” and “One Obstacle to Curing Cancer: Patient Data isn’t Shared.”

Colin Hill

Chairman, CEO, Co-founder

GNS Healthcare

Colin Hill is a leading voice in machine learning in health care and precision medicine. He co-founded GNS Healthcare in 2000 and has since served as Chairman & CEO. Colin sits on the board of Biotelemetry Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAT), the leading mobile health information company, and PPD, a leading global contract research organization. Colin was a founding member of the Board of Directors of AesRx, (acquired by Baxter in 2014). In 2004, Colin was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR100 list of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

Julie Khani, M.P.A.


American Clinical Laboratory Association

Julie Khani became President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) in 2017. She joined ACLA in July 2013 as Senior Vice President and was named Executive Vice President in 2016.

Khani leads ACLA’s efforts to advance public policies that promote innovation and protect and enhance patient access to life-improving and life-saving diagnostics. ACLA members represent the diversity of the clinical laboratory industry and include national, regional, specialty, hospital, ESRD, anatomic pathology, skilled nursing facility and academic medical center laboratories.

Ms. Khani is recognized as an effective leader, consensus builder and advocate. Prior to joining ACLA, she served in senior roles at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). She was instrumental in the inclusion of pharmacy access standards in Medicare Part D, establishing incentives for TRICARE beneficiaries to obtain immunizations at retail pharmacies and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act provisions on Medicaid reimbursement for generic drugs.

Previously, Khani served as Legislative Manager at Ford Motor Company, where she was responsible for health and labor issues and the company’s political action committee. Ms. Khani was also Associate Director, Government Relations, at Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, where she managed several successful statewide campaigns on health and welfare issues. She holds a bachelor of arts from New York University and a master of public administration from George Washington University.

David King, J.D.

Chairman, CEO


David King, J.D., is the Chairman and CEO of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp), one of the world’s largest networks of clinical laboratories. Prior to joining LabCorp in 2001, Mr. King worked for many years as the company’s outside counsel as a partner with Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. King sits on the board of Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 100 health care company. He also chairs the board of the American Clinical Laboratory Association and serves on the board of the Seattle Science Foundation.

Susan McClure

Founder, Publisher

Genome magazine

Susan brings 30 years of journalistic experience to her role as Publisher for Genome magazine — the first consumer magazine exclusively devoted to personalized medicine and genomics.

With over 300,000 copies distributed across the US each quarter, Genome covers the personalized medicine stories of today and the breakthroughs of tomorrow, so that patients have the information they need to get the targeted treatments they deserve. Prior to its launch, she spent 10 years as the publisher of CURE — a magazine for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. During her tenure at CURE, she also served as Vice President of Patient Engagement for McKesson Specialty Health.

In 2016, Susan was honored by Folio as one of the “Top Women in Media” for her entrepreneurial efforts in magazine publishing and media. She has over 20 years of experience delivering first-class sales and management strategies to leading and start-up media and health care organizations, and is especially skilled at creating collaborative partnerships that result in highly respected educational offerings for patients and health care providers.

Daniel P. O’Day


Roche Pharmaceuticals

Daniel O’Day is the CEO of Roche Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and with offices in more than 150 countries. Daniel was appointed to his current role in 2012, having previously been the head of the diagnostics division of Roche since 2010. Mr. O’Day acquired extensive commercial experience through diverse roles within Roche worldwide. These began at Roche Pharma in the U.S., where he held various commercial and sales roles between 1987 and 1998.

Mr. O’Day then moved to the Roche Pharma headquarters in Switzerland, where he held leadership roles in Global Marketing and Lifecycle Management until 2001. Subsequently, he was Head of Corporate Planning at Roche Pharma in Tokyo, Japan, between 2001 and 2003, General Manager at Roche Pharma in Denmark between 2003 and 2006, and President of Roche Molecular Diagnostics in California between 2006 and 2009.

Mr. O’Day obtained a bachelor of science in biology from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1986 and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 1997.

Joshua Ofman, M.D., M.S.H.S.

Senior Vice President, Global Value, Access and Policy


Joshua Ofman is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Value, Access & Policy at Amgen. He received his advanced medical training in Gastroenterology from UCLA and his Health Services Research training from the RAND/UCLA/VA program. He formally was a member of the academic faculty in the Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Ofman also served as the Senior Vice President of Zynx Health Inc., a consulting company focused on evidence-based clinical information for quality improvement, and reimbursement and health economics strategy for life sciences companies.

Dr. Ofman currently represents Amgen on the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), is co-chair of BIO’s International Affairs Committee, and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) for 2017.

Bryce Olson

Global Marketing Director, Health and Life Sciences Group; Stage IV Prostate Cancer Patient

Intel Corporation

Bryce Olson is the Global Marketing Director for Intel’s Health and Life Sciences group. One of the areas he focuses on is bringing technology and science together in the exciting area of genomics and precision medicine with a powerful message on how this saves lives. Genomic sequencing and precision medicine gave him a life he didn’t think he’d get to live.

Bryce is inspired by connecting the advances in life sciences into clinical settings and helping patients understand these new opportunities. He is a sought after keynote speaker both locally and nationally, and his story has been covered by both local and national media. Bryce also started FACTS (‘Fighting Advanced Cancer Through Songs’), a movement that uses the power of music to build awareness for a new way to fight cancer and bring molecular testing and precision medicine to other advanced cancer patients. In 2017, Bryce wrote and co-produced a rock-n-roll album with proceeds going towards the FACTS movement, that brought together a variety of Portland, Oregon based musicians and singers including Jenny Conlee from the Decemberists, Martha Davis from the Motels, Pete Krebs, and Michelle DeCourcy – all four who are also cancer survivors.

Michael Pellini, M.D., M.B.A.

Managing Partner; Chairman

Section 32; Foundation Medicine

Dr. Pellini is Managing Partner of Section 32, a venture fund that invests in companies and inventors that are changing the way humans use technology and the way technology betters humanity. Previously, he served as CEO of Foundation Medicine (NASDAQ:FMI) from May 2011 until he transitioned to Chairman in February 2017.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Tango Therapeutics, Singular Genomics, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Octave Health, Vineti, the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and the Mission Hospital Foundation, in addition to his Board Chair position with Foundation Medicine. As a physician with more than 20 years of executive experience with companies at the forefront of clinical diagnostics and genomics, Dr. Pellini brings a breadth of understanding in personalized medicine, with a particular interest and focus on defeating cancer. Dr. Pellini is a member of the President’s Leadership Council at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, as well as the Advisory Board for Mission Hospital’s Cancer Institute (Provident/St. Joseph Health).

Dr. Pellini received a BA from Boston College, an MBA from Drexel University and an MD from Jefferson Medical College.

Kimberly Popovits

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and 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 overtreatment and optimal treatment of early-stage cancer, one of the greatest issues in healthcare 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.

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 MyoKardia, Inc. Kim is also the President of The Coalition for 21st Century Medicine, and serves as an Advisor 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.

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 PMC, 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).

Dr. Pritchard received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in genetics from the George Washington University, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center. He was awarded the first American Society of Human Genetics/NHGRI Fellowship in Genetics and Public Policy, where he worked as a health legislative assistant in the House of Representatives.

Scott D. Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D.

Full Member; Director

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research

Dr. Ramsey is a general internist and health economist. He is a Full Member in the Cancer Prevention Program, Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he directs Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, a multidisciplinary team devoted to clinical and economic evaluations of new and existing cancer prevention, screening and treatment technologies. In addition, Dr. Ramsey is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Washington.

Trained in Medicine and economics, Dr. Ramsey’s research focuses on economic evaluations in cancer. He has published widely on patterns of care, costs, and cost-effectiveness of treatments for lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer.  His research portfolio and interests include: large scale SEER-Medicare/Cancer Registry data linkages, patient reported outcomes, economic modeling of health care interventions, cost-effectiveness analysis, quality of life assessment, patterns of care, health care utilization, economic burden of disease for patients and society, pragmatic trial design, early technology assessment, and stakeholder engagement.

Dr. Ramsey is co-Chair of the Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group, past President of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and has served on the IOM Cancer Policy Forum.

Michael Sherman, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.

Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Dr. Michael Sherman serves as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for health services for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  A pioneer in developing outcomes-based payment agreements with pharmaceutical companies, he recently signed the first value-based agreement for a gene therapy used to treat a form of blindness.

Dr. Sherman serves as chair of the Board of Managers of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). He also is the current chair for AHIP’s CMO Leadership Council, and serves on the board of directors for the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and on the board of advisors for the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative.

Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, Dr. Sherman served as corporate medical director, physician strategies for Humana, and he previously held leadership positions at UnitedHealth Group, Thomson Medstat (now IBM Truven), HealthAllies, which was purchased by UnitedHealth Group in 2003, Immusol, and Da Vita.

Dr. Sherman holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Natural Sciences and an M.S. in Biomedical Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.D. from Yale and M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Dr. Sherman is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and American Board of Medical Management.  In 2009, he was named a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives, and he currently serves on the faculty of the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D.

Chairperson, Founder

Friends of Cancer Research

Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D., is Chairperson and Founder of Friends of Cancer Research (Friends). Friends is an advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, that drives collaboration among partners from every health care sector to power advances in science, policy and regulation that speed life-saving treatments to patients. During the past 20 years, Friends has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of policies ensuring patients receive the best treatments in the fastest and safest way possible.

Dr. Sigal is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Reagan-Udall Foundation, a partnership designed to modernize medical product development, accelerate innovation and enhance product safety in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She also serves on the board of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, where she chairs its Public Private Partnerships Committee.

Ralph Snyderman, M.D.

James B. Duke Professor of Medicine

Duke University

Dr. Snyderman served as Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at Duke University from 1989 to July 2004. During this time, he oversaw the development of the Duke University Health System and served as its first President and CEO. Dr. Snyderman’s current focus is personalized health care and he continues to lead these efforts nationally from his position as Director of the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care.

Mark P. Stevenson, M.B.A.

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Mark Stevenson has been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific since August 2017, with responsibility for all of Thermo Fisher’s life sciences-related businesses as well as the company’s innovation and digital strategy. He joined the company as Executive Vice President and President, Life Sciences Solutions, through the acquisition of Life Technologies in 2014.

Mark previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Life Technologies, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Applied Biosystems prior to its merger with Invitrogen Corporation in 2008.

Mark received his MBA from Henley Management School in the U.K. and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Reading, also in the U.K.

Gregg Talbert, Ph.D.

Global Head of Digital and Personalized Health Care Partnering


Gregg Talbert, Ph.D., is the Global Head of Digital and Personalized Health Care Partnering at Roche. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing a business development strategy that supports the execution of Roche’s personalized health care strategy.

Prior to serving in this capacity, Dr. Talbert served as Roche’s Global Head of Strategic Partnering. He has also served in a variety of strategy and business development positions at Eli Lilly and Company.

Meg Tirrell



Meg Tirrell joined CNBC in April 2014 as a General Assignment Reporter focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. She appears on CNBC‘s Business Day programming, contributes to and is based at the network’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Tirrell has covered development of new drugs for Alzheimer’s, cancer and rare diseases, and tracked public health emergencies from Ebola to Zika. Her work has explored why fewer drugs are developed for children, chronicled the sequencing of her own genome and followed the manufacturing of a flu shot from egg to pharmacy. In 2014, she revealed the agonizing decision-making behind “compassionate use” of unapproved drugs, and in 2016, she reported extensively on drug pricing controversies and the impact of politics on the development of new medicines.

Prior to joining CNBC, Tirrell covered the biotechnology industry for Bloomberg News, where she also contributed to Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Businessweek. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English and music from Wellesley College.

Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, M.D., Ph.D.

Director General, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health


Prior to her current role, which she assumed in February of 2018, Voipio-Pulkki worked as Director of the Unit for Health Services at the Department for Social and Health Services. On September 1, 2017, she took up the position of Director of the Department for Wellbeing and Services.

Among her other duties, Voipio-Pulkki has served as Chief Administrative Physician at the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, being responsible for expert duties relating to the administration and development of health care and social welfare.

Voipio-Pulkki holds the degree of doctor of medicine and surgery.

Darrell M. West, Ph.D.

Vice President of Governance Studies, Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Douglas Dillon Chair in Governance Studies

The Brookings Institution

Darrell M. West is the Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution. He holds the Douglas Dillon Chair in Governance Studies.

Previously, he was the John Hazen White Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. His current research focuses on technology policy, artificial intelligence and data analytics.

West is the author of 23 books, including The Future of Work: Robots, Al, and Automation (Brookings, 2018). His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and he has delivered nearly 150 lectures in a dozen different countries, including China, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, Bahrain, and the United States, and has been quoted in leading newspapers, radio stations, and national television networks around the world.

He is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s Don K. Price award for best book on technology (for Digital Government) and the American Political Science Association’s Doris Graber award for best book on political communications (for Cross Talk).