Virtual Event

Advances in research and technology now afford us the unique opportunity to develop and test novel diagnostics and therapeutics. This conference takes advantage of the collective experience and expertise of our participants to cover a broad range of policy, research, and venture topics. This symposium provides an invaluable forum for interdisciplinary exchange at the forefront of drug research.

Lifetime Achievement Awardees

John Schiller, PhD

Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology
National Cancer Institute

Douglas Lowy, MD

National Cancer Institute


(more to come as we reconfirm participation for 2021)

Hal Barron, MD

CSO and President of R&D

Robert Califf, MD

Head of Strategy and Policy
Verily Life Sciences and Google Health Divisions of Alphabet

Jürgen Eckhardt, MD

Senior Vice President and Head of Leaps by Bayer

Anne Heatherington, PhD

Senior Vice President
Head of Data Sciences Institute

Peter Kim, PhD

Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford

Roger Kornberg, PhD

Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor in Medicine
Stanford University
Nobel Prize in 2006

Mathai Mammen, MD, PhD

Global Head of Research and Development

Lloyd Minor, MD

Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professorship for the Dean
Stanford School of Medicine 

Andrew Plump, MD, PhD

President, Research & Development
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Mark Smith, MD, MBA

Founding President & CEO, California Healthcare Foundation

Janet Woodcock, PhD

Acting Commissioner

Wendy Young, PhD

Senior Vice President, Small Molecule Drug Discovery

Michael Basson, PhD

Senior Editor
Nature Medicine

Carmen Chang, MA, JD

General Partner
Head of Asia
New Enterprise Associates

Levi Garraway, MD, PhD

Executive VP, Head of Product Development, and Chief Medical Officer

Mir Imran, MS

Chairman and CEO
Rani Therapeutics

Stephen Knight, MD

President and Managing Partner
F-Prime Capital

Dean Li, MD, PhD

Merck Research Laboratories.

Joan Mannick, MD

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Michael Nedelman


Serge Saxonov

Co-Founder and CEO
10x Genomics

Yong Sohn

Corporate President and CSO
Samsung Electronics
Chairman of the Board for Harman

George Yancopoulos, MD, PhD

President and CSO

Elias Zerhouni, MD

Former President for Global R&D, Sanofi
Former Director, NIH
Former US Presidential Science Envoy

Howard Bauchner, MD

Editor in Chief
JAMA and the JAMA Network

Stanley T. Crooke, MD, PhD

Executive Chairman of the Board
Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Helene Gayle, MD, MPH

President and CEO
The Chicago Community Trust

Kathrin Jansen, PhD

Senior Vice President
Head of Vaccine Research and Development

Brian Kobilka, MD

Helene Irwin Fagan Chair in Cardiology
Stanford University
Nobel Prize in 2012

Fady Malik, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA

Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Cytokinetics

Ken Mills

President and CEO

Philip Pizzo, MD

David and Susan Heckerman Professor and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Emeritus Dean, Stanford School of Medicine

Marcus Schindler, PhD

Senior Vice President of Global Drug Discovery
Novo Nordisk

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD

President and Bing Presidential Professor
Stanford University

Taiyin Yang, PhD

Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing, Gilead



Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

Director, Stanford CVI
Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Sanjay Malhotra, PhD

Professor, Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology; Director, Center for Experimental Therapeutics
Oregon Health & Science University

Mark Mercola, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Kuldev Singh, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Support by

in alphabetical order

Alexandria Ventures


Media Sponsors



For additional information, please contact Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, or Amanda Chase, PhD