Edward Abrahams, Ph.D.
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 200 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.
Dr. Abrahams worked for seven years for the U.S. Congress, including as a legislative assistant to Senator Lloyd Bentsen, as 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.
Cynthia A. Bens
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
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.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Bens was a Senior Manager of Government Affairs with the Loeffler Group. As part of its federal government affairs practice, she represented client interests before the U.S. Congress and the administration. Her core areas of focus included appropriations, budget, health care, education, telecommunications and international trade. Through various other positions on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, she has acquired extensive experience researching and analyzing federal legislation and regulations.
Bens holds a bachelor's degree from New York University with concentrations in political science and women’s studies.
Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Science Policy
Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President of Science Policy at PMC, where he leads the Coalition's efforts to develop and promote optimal science-related policies and to increase awareness and understanding of personalized medicine among health care providers, patients, policymakers and other stakeholders. This includes working to identify and address barriers to the adoption of personalized medicine into the health care system, including the development and promotion of appropriate clinical, infrastructure, regulatory and payment policies.
Before coming to PMC, Dr. Pritchard served as the Director of Policy Research at the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), where he directed NPC’s policy research efforts in the areas of personalized medicine, the heterogeneity of treatment effects and the value of specialty biopharmaceuticals, and helped to advance NPC's outreach, alliance development and government relations.
Prior to joining NPC, Dr. Pritchard served as the Director of Research Programs Advocacy and Personalized Medicine at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), where he led the organization’s policy and research efforts regarding diagnostics and personalized therapies as well as the coordination of BIO’s activities involving federal biomedical research programs. He also spent three years as the Director of Government Affairs for the American Association for Dental Research and as the primary research policy coordinator for the American Dental Education Association.
Dr. Pritchard received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in genetics from 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/National Human Genome Research Institute Fellowship in Genetics and Public Policy, where he worked as a legislative assistant in the House of Representatives.
Faswilla Sampson, M.S.
Vice President, Operations
Faswilla Sampson has 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, program development, recruitment and strategic planning. As Vice President of Operations, Sampson optimizes PMC's systems, processes and personnel to accomplish the organization's objectives. She also oversees strategic planning and evaluates results to ensure that departmental and organizational objectives are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the organization.
Prior to joining PMC, Sampson worked for the American Academy of Nursing’s Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity program, a John A. Hartford Foundation-funded initiative focused on advancing geriatric nursing research, education and practice. Sampson holds a B.A. from Mary Washington University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
Christopher J. Wells, M.P.A.
Vice President, Public Affairs
A published expert in public affairs, Christopher Wells has worked with the personalized medicine community for nearly three years to coordinate the communication of the field's complex principles to diverse audiences. As Vice President of Public Affairs, Wells oversees the development of PMC's marketing and communications messages and leverages a comprehensive portfolio of digital and traditional communications tools to increase awareness and understanding of personalized medicine in the United States and internationally. He also oversees content development for the Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to joining PMC, Wells worked as a research assistant at Binghamton University, where he graduated with a master's degree in public administration and received the University's Department of Public Administration Alpha Student Award. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Brockport, where he was honored with Department Scholar's Awards in both journalism and international studies.
Director, Membership & Development
A dynamic alliance development professional, Kayla Smith has been cultivating strategic partnerships in health care for nearly three years. As Director of Membership & Development, Smith leads PMC's efforts to engage with, retain and grow a coalition of innovators, scientists, patients, providers and payers — all of whom are focused on the common goal of ensuring that personalized medicine delivers benefits to both patients and the health system.
Before joining PMC, she was a Chief of Staff on the Education Advisory Board team at The Advisory Board Company. She holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with concentrations in marketing management and professional sales.
David L. Davenport
Manager, Public Policy & Secretary to the Board
David Davenport is Public Policy Manager and Secretary to the Board at PMC, where he helps manage the Coalition’s public policy strategy, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement, in collaboration with the Senior Vice President, Public Policy, to advance personalized medicine.
He joined the Coalition in 2015 as Office Administrator, where he was responsible for the Coalition’s events, special projects and accounting, in addition to supporting policy, communications, membership and development, and the Board of Directors.
David holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Richmond, where he graduated summa cum laude. In his spare time, he volunteers with Amnesty International, and currently serves as the Legislative Coordinator for the District of Columbia, where he leads grassroots activists in engaging Members of Congress on human rights issues.