About

Board of Directors


Stephen L. Eck, M.D., Ph.D.
Board Chair
Chief Medical Officer, Immatics

As Chief Medical Officer of Immatics US, Inc., Stephen Eck leads the clinical development of Immatics Adoptive Cell Therapy programs in Houston. Stephen Eck previously served as VP Oncology Medical Sciences at Astellas Pharma Global Development managing a portfolio of assets which included enzalutamide (Xtandi), erlotinib (Tarceva) and gilteritinib. 

Stephen Eck is a hematologist and oncologist with more than twenty-five 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, as VP Translational Medicine and Molecular Profiling, and at Lilly, as VP Translational Medicine, Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics prior to joining Astellas.

Stephen Eck has authored numerous publications in basic and clinical research and public policy. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the Board of Directors of Luminex Corporation (Austin, TX), on the Board of Directors of the Central Pennsylvania Clinic (Belleville, PA), and on the External Advisory Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Orphan Diseases Program (Philadelphia). He is also a trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute (Claremont, CA). 

He received an B.A. (chemistry) from Kalamazoo College, an M.S. and a Ph.D. (chemistry) from Harvard University and an M.D. from the University of Mississippi with Residency (Internal Medicine) and Fellowship (Hematology & Oncology) training at the University of Michigan.


Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D.
Board Vice Chair
Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, 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.


Peter Maag, Ph.D.
Board Treasurer
CEO, President, CareDx

Dr. Maag has over 20 years of executive management experience in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industry. Prior to joining CareDx, Dr. Maag was President of Novartis Diagnostics based in Emeryville, California. He headed the expansion of the unit with worldwide growth in its blood screening business and established new ventures in molecular diagnostics. Dr. Maag 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 helped launch the Infectious Diseases franchise and served as the Head of Strategy for Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Maag worked for 6 years at McKinsey & Company in New Jersey and Germany, focusing on pharmaceuticals and globalization strategies. Supporting various health care and high tech companies in their growth efforts, he holds board and advisory positions at Phoenix, MolecularMD and the Personalized Medicine Coalition. Dr. Maag studied pharmaceutical sciences in Heidelberg and London, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin, Germany.


Kimberly Popovits
Secretary
Chairman of the Board, CEO, 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 American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), and MyoKardia. 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.


Bonnie J. Addario
Co-Founder, Chair, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Bonnie has been an activist, advocate, educator and change agent empowering patients and giving them a strong voice in the fight against lung cancer since receiving a stage 3B diagnosis more than a decade ago. Although thrust into a role that she had never envisioned for herself, she embraced it and now considers it to be her second career and a personal calling. Recognizing the critical need for education, empowerment, advocacy and research to help patients and families, especially those without resources and support, Bonnie and her family founded the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in 2006, and then went on to found the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI) with her husband, Tony Addario, in 2008. Bonnie’s business acumen and skills honed in her first career as President of Olympian Oil Company and Commercial Fueling Network (CFN), as Past President of the CA Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) and as a community activist serving on diverse boards have all contributed to her work at ALCF in developing business strategies and being the Foundation’s patient voice at national/international conferences, on panels and boards, and to industry leaders, clinicians and policy makers. Bonnie’s personal interests include collecting wine, travel, sports (Go SF Giants!) and spending time with family and friends at Lake Tahoe.


Antonio L. Andreu, M.D., Ph.D.
Scientific Director, EATRIS

Toni is an M.D., Ph.D. 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 has held positions as the Director of the Spanish National Institute of Health Carlos III as well as the Director General for Research and Innovation at the Catalan Ministry of Health.


Steven D. Averbuch, M.D.
Precision Medicine/Oncology Consultant and Strategic Advisor

In November, 2018 Dr. Averbuch retired as Vice President and Head, Precision Medicine within the Translational Medicine Division of R&D at Bristol-Myers Squibb. In this role, he led integrated biomarker and pharmacodiagnostic activities across the BMS R&D portfolio.

Dr. Averbuch joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2006. He created and led the Pharmacodiagnostics Center of Excellence since 2008 and he was promoted to Head, Precision Medicine in 2017. Contributions at Bristol-Myers Squibb included leading the strategy and execution of external clinical collaborations for the company’s immuno-oncology pipeline, executive oversight for translational research activities for all late development and marketed oncology compounds, leading corporate-wide strategic initiatives for Translational and Targeted Medicine, Head of early global clinical research responsible for early asset development strategy and execution of all Phase 2 oncology programs and significant contributions to business development that led to multiple successful clinical and diagnostic collaboration agreements, 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 is a co-author on one patent. He is currently on 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.


Randy Burkholder
Vice President, Policy and Research, PhRMA

Randy Burkholder is Vice President of Policy and Research at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Mr. Burkholder directs PhRMA work on issues related to use of evidence in healthcare decision-making, health technology assessment, comparative and costeffectiveness research, Medicare coverage policy, innovation and personalized medicine. Mr. Burkholder represents PhRMA at federal agencies and advisory bodies, including the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee, the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, Institute of Medicine Committees and President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He also is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Personalized Medicine Coalition and serves on the Steering Committee of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care.

Mr. Burkholder has over 17 years of experience in healthcare policy, advocacy and communications in the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining PhRMA, Mr. Burkholder was Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at AdvaMed, the leading association of the medical device and diagnostics industries.


William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D.
Founder, Executive Chairman, M2Gen
Director, 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.  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.


Lori Frank, Ph.D.
Memory Screening Advisory Board, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Lori Frank, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her current work is focused on methods for incorporating the consumer perspective into health outcomes research and clinical care. Prior to joining RAND, she completed her Health and Aging Policy Fellowship through the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program, with a placement at the National Institute on Aging.

She founded and served as Director of the Evaluation and Analysis Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), establishing a research program to examine stakeholder engagement, along with survey research and portfolio analysis functions. Prior to joining PCORI she served as Executive Director and Senior Research Leader, Center for Health Outcomes Research, with MEDTAP International/United BioSource Corporation, where she led the health outcomes research department with 75+ scientific staff worldwide and managed the scientific and financial performance of the Center, substantially expanding the department internationally and coordinating with other business divisions including Health Economics, Pricing and Reimbursement, Database Analytics and Epidemiology. While there she initiated and served as Principal Investigator of the Cognition Initiative, later affiliated with the Critical Path Institute PRO Consortium, a multi-sponsor patient-reported outcome measure development consortium.

She is President-Elect of the International Society for Quality of Life Research and a member of the Medical, Scientific, and Memory Screening Advisory Board of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Her career has focused on patient-reported outcomes measure development and assessment, and the psychological, ethical and legal aspects of memory screening and medical treatment decision-making by older adults. She has held research and teaching positions with Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry, the National Institute on Aging, Medimmune LLC/AstraZeneca and the Veteran’s Administration (VA). She completed postdoctoral training in mental health services research with the VA Health Services Research and Development program and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences. Dr. Frank received her doctorate in human development/gerontology from the Pennsylvania State University and her master’s degree in biopsychology from the Johns Hopkins University.


Brad Gray
President, CEO, NanoString Technologies

R. Bradley Gray has served as a member of NanoString's board of directors and as President & Chief Executive Officer since June 2010. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Gray held various positions at Genzyme, a biotechnology company acquired by Sanofi in 2011. He served as Vice President of Product & Business Development for Genzyme Genetics, the diagnostic services division of Genzyme, from June 2008 to May 2010, leading the development of molecular diagnostics and partnering activities. From September 2006 to June 2008, he served as Vice President of Business & Strategic Development for Genzyme Genetics, leading growth efforts through partnerships and licensing. Mr. Gray joined Genzyme in October 2004 as Director of Corporate Development, supporting business development and leading Genzyme Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund of Genzyme. Prior to joining Genzyme, Mr. Gray was a management consultant in the health care practice of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, from September 2000 to October 2004, where he worked with senior health care executives in the United States and Europe on a broad range of issues including pharmaceutical and diagnostic product strategy, post-merger integration, organization design and operational turnarounds. Mr. Gray received a B.A. in Economics and Management from Oxford University, where he studied as a British Marshall Scholar, and an S.B. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Kris Joshi, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, President, Network Solutions, Change Healthcare

Mr. Joshi is Executive Vice President and President, Network Solutions for Change Healthcare. He initially joined Change Healthcare as Executive Vice President, Products in December 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Joshi was Global Vice President for health care product strategy for the Health Sciences Global Business Unit of the Oracle Corporation. He helped launch the health sciences business unit and successfully led two acquisitions for Oracle in the life sciences space. Before joining Oracle, Mr. Joshi served in senior strategy roles in IBM’s Global Sales and Distribution organization. Prior to that, Mr. Joshi was with McKinsey and Company, where he served Fortune 500 clients on strategy issues.

Mr. Joshi holds a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.


Anne-Marie Martin
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Precision Medicine, Novartis

Anne-Marie Martin is SVP, Global Head of Precision Medicine in the Global Drug Development organization. In this position, she is responsible for designing and implementing an end-to-end Precision Medicine Strategy to support the Novartis pipeline, encompassing biomarker discovery and development including the development of companion diagnostic assays. Dr. Martin leads a cross-functional team, including members from the discovery, regulatory and commercial organizations, and she collaborates with the Early Commercial Strategy and Market Access Teams to drive and implement early diagnostic strategies in support of Novartis’ medicines. 

After some years in academia and hospital diagnostics in the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Dr. Martin joined the pharmaceutical industry and held different positions of increasing responsibilities in oncology translational research, clinical biomarkers and diagnostic development. Dr. Martin spent over ten years at GlaxoSmithKline, where she led a global team responsible for the precision medicine strategy in oncology to deliver all translational research into pipeline opportunities, accounting for over ten clinical assets and an additional five assets in the first-in-human setting, and she led the development of the companion diagnostic assay that supported the approvals of Tafinlar® and Mekinist™.  During her tenure at GSK, Dr. Martin contributed to three NDAs and five sNDAs. Prior to joining NVS, Dr. Martin held the position of VP, Head of Biomarker Research and Development at Adaptimmune, LLC, which is a Philadelphia-based biotechnology company focussing on development of autologous TCRs. 

Since joining Novartis in 2016, Dr. Martin has led the successful approval of companion diagnostics in support of Rydapt® for Flt3 positive AML, ZykadiaTM for ALK positive NSCLC and Tafinlar® and Mekinist™ for BRAF positive NSCLC.


Susan McClure
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Genome Creative, LLC

Susan McClure brings over 31 years of journalistic experience to her role as CEO and founder of Genome Creative. Prior to that she was publisher and founder of Genome magazine— the first consumer magazine exclusively devoted to covering the world of personalized medicine and the genomic revolution that makes it possible. 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”. She has over 23 years of experience delivering first-class sales and management strategies to leading and start-up media and healthcare organizations.


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
Vice President, Government Affairs, Bausch Health Companies Inc.

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

A twenty-five year veteran of health care public policy, advocacy, and communications, Brian's areas of expertise include FDA legislation and regulations, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, federal and state tax policy, and the development of government policies to advance personalized medicine. As Chairman of the Public Policy Committee, he oversees PMC's public policy initiatives and its interactions with the federal government.

Brian has created successful, stand alone Government Affairs Departments from scratch at: SmithKline Beecham, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Endo Pharmaceuticals. He is currently Vice President, Government Affairs at Bausch Health Companies.


Lincoln Nadauld, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Precision Health, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Nadauld is Chief of Precision Medicine and Precision Genomics at Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated healthcare system, where he oversees the clinical implementation of precision medicine across 22 hospitals and 180 physician clinics.

Dr. Nadauld is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Division of Oncology, focusing on cancer genomics and personalized cancer medicine. His work has been published in journals such as Nature Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Genome Medicine. Dr. Nadauld serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology-Precision Oncology. He also serves on the board of directors of the Gastric Cancer Foundation and reviews grant applications on behalf of the US Department of Defense.

Dr. Nadauld received a bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University and a combined medical degree/Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He completed clinical training in medical oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in solid tumor genomics.


Michael J. Pellini, M.D., M.B.A.
Managing Partner, Section 32    

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 and the Mission Hospital Foundation. As a physician with more than twenty 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 B.A. from Boston College, an M.B.A. from Drexel University and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College.


Hakan Sakul, Ph.D.
Vice President, Head of Diagnostics, Worldwide R & D, Pfizer Inc.

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 health care.  He is an active member of civic clubs, and enjoys cycling, soccer, and stand-up paddle-boarding.


Michael Sherman, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Dr. Michael Sherman serves as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. He works with physicians and health care organizations to achieve sustainable improvements in cost and quality.  He has focused the organization on introducing innovative, outcomes-based reimbursement models and developing outcomes-based payment agreements.  Dr. Sherman is the chair of the Board of Managers of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), the Board of Directors and as co-President of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association, the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative, and Board of Overseers for Boston’s Museum of Science.

Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, Dr. Sherman served as Corporate Medical Director, Physician Strategies, for Humana and held several leadership positions with UnitedHealth Group, Thomson Medstat (now IBM Truven), HealthAllies and Immusol.

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 an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.


Mark P. Stevenson
Executive Vice President and 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 Thermo Fisher’s life sciences, analytical instruments and laboratory products 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 M.B.A. 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.


Werner Verbiest
Strategic Partnerships and Alliances Leader, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson

Werner Verbiest is Strategic Partnership and Alliances Leader at Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson and Johnson.

He acts as the interface between the internal Janssen campus research & development community and the external ecosystem. He plays an important role in the development and roll-out of the alliances strategy at the EMEA level, specifically focusing on personalized medicine, diagnostics and health care solutions. Werner represents the Janssen campus toward external (scientific) partners and acts as a trusted counterpart, by demonstrating in depth knowledge of the company's ecosystem, the drug life cycle and scientific insights related to its therapeutic areas, World Without Disease Accelerator, Discovery and Development Platforms. He manages the interactions with both internal (research & development) and external scientific stakeholders, establishing and/or building upon strategic partnerships/alliances with large university or strategic reference hospitals, research institutes, and companies with the aim to create a fertile ground and willingness to work with these external stakeholders on areas that Janssen views as areas for long-term cooperation like research & development, talent exchange, incubator areas, data capturing and analytics, and the World Without Disease ambitions.

In his previous position, Werner Verbiest was the Global Head of Janssen Diagnostics between 2011 and 2019, formed from the legacy organizations he was leading, Virco (infectious diseases pharmacogenomics), Veridex (oncology diagnostics) and the Johnson and Johnson Companion Diagnostics Centre of Excellence. Janssen Diagnostics and its team brought personalized medicine within Johnson & Johnson by incorporating diagnostics, digital diagnostics, and real-world data/health IT solutions together with therapeutics to improve patient outcomes.

Werner started his career at Johnson & Johnson in 1992 focused on HIV drug development and hepatitis B therapeutic vaccine development in the International Clinical Research & Development group of the Janssen Research Foundation. Werner left Janssen in 1998 and became one of the first employees of Virco, a start-up biotechnology company. He played an instrumental and steering role at Virco, which was a company that identified and classified the different strains of the HIV virus. Werner held an instrumental role in its growth in numerous roles of growing responsibility. Those roles included Project and Business Development Director (1998), Managing Director (Virco Ireland, Ltd – Dublin, 1999), Vice President, New Products Marketing and Pharma Business (2000), and General Manager (2001).

Werner rejoined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 through the acquisition of Tibotec-Virco. Werner has built an extensive network of innovators and leaders in the field of diagnostics, digital diagnostics, health care IT solutions, and precision medicine, ranging from academic and biotechnology stakeholders to large companies to policymakers active in health care. He has experience working in a large corporate environment but has also been at the bench in start-up biotechnology and new ventures.

Werner’s voice and expertise has made him a respected voice and advocate for actualizing a precision medicine approach within Johnson and Johnson, but also outside Johnson & Johnson, including several board seats in different “precision medicine solutions” and industry platforms, e.g., EPEMED (Co-founder and Board member of European Personalized Medicine Association); AdvaMedDx (Board Member, Global Diagnostics, Health Care Industry Trade Association); and the Personalized Medicine Coalition (Board Member).