George Church, Harvard Medical School & MIT
George Church, PhD, is the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT. George is most known for his professional contributions in the sequencing of genomes and interpreting such data, in synthetic biology and genome engineering, and in an emerging area of neuroscience that proposes to map brain activity and establish a “functional connectome.” His innovations have contributed to nearly all “next generation” DNA sequencing methods and companies (CGI-BGI, Life, Illumina, Nanopore). He is the founder of numerous companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Francois Ferré, ALMA LifeSciences
Francois Ferré, PhD, is one of San Diego’s leading biotech entrepreneurs and angel investors. In 1998, Dr. Ferré and his wife, Magda Marquet, PhD, started their first company, Althea Technologies, which became a leading provider of contract services to the biotechnology field in the U.S. and Europe. That company was acquired in 2013 by the Japanese group Ajinomoto. Dr. Ferré also co-founded a spinoff company, AltheaDX, which specializes in personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics. Four years ago, Dr. Ferré and Dr. Marquet co-founded ALMA Life Sciences, LLC. an early-stage investment firm focusing on the creation and growth of healthcare companies in San Diego.
John Minna, UT Southwestern Medical Center
John Minna, MD, is the Max L. Thomas Distinguished Chair in Molecular Pulmonary Oncology and the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research. He is the director of the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology and is a professor of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology. John has countless awards for his contributions to cancer research, and has over 600 peer reviewed publications. He is most known for his contributions to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of lung and breast cancer through a genome-wide approach and the development of molecular biomarkers for the response to cancer therapy.
Kevin Schulman, Duke University
Kevin Schulman, MD, Is a professor of medicine in the Duke University School of Medicine, where he also serves as the director for the Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics and as an associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is a professor of business administration in Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and also holds appointments in the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care in the Durham VA Medical Center, the Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research, and the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine. His research interests include economic evaluation in clinical research; health services research and policy, including access to care and the impact of reimbursement and regulatory policies on clinical practice; and medical decision making, especially in patients with life-threatening conditions.