Board of Fellows
The Board of Fellows, composed of distinguished individuals and thought leaders from around the world, offers strategies and recommendations on a broad range of topics with critical relevance to the overarching leadership of Stanford Medicine. Fellows give guidance on nurturing a culture of innovation; executing on our Precision Health strategic vision and measuring that progress; and balancing and achieving synergies between and among our academic medical center's tripartite mission of research, training and patient care.
FORMER CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER OF GE AND CEO OF GE VENTURES
Sue Siegel has driven game-changing ideas and powered companies that advance industries and improve lives for more than three decades. As GE’s Chief Innovation Officer and CEO of GE Ventures for seven years, Sue oversaw investment in startups, creating and scaling new companies, and commercializing GE’s intellectual property. She also led strategy planning and oversaw the global marketing function.
Before joining GE, Sue was a General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where she spearheaded investments in personalized medicine, digital health and life sciences. Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Sue led Affymetrix as President and a board member. She also held executive leadership roles at Bio-Rad, DuPont and Amersham after transitioning to a corporate career from early work in molecular biology and biochemistry.
Valued for her business insights and science background, Sue has served as a board member for more than a dozen companies, including Pacific Biosciences, Crescendo Biosciences and Navigenics. She is currently a board member at Align Technologies (ALGN), Illumina (ILMN), MIT’s The Engine, and KFF. Additionally, her advisory board appointments include Harvard Partners Healthcare Innovation and RAND Health Care.
Sue has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Silicon Valley’s Tech Museum of Innovation and Stanford Hospital and Clinics. She was a founding member of the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and served on President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group.
Sue has been recognized in Fortune’s “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care” and is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. She is a featured “Multiplier” in the bestselling book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.”
Elias Zerhouni, MD
PROFESSOR EMERITUS, RADIOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Elias Zerhouni served as the President of Global Research and Development and as a member of the Executive Committee for Sanofi from January 2011 to July 2018.
His academic career was spent at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital where he was Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and Senior Adviser for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Elias served as Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine from 1996 to 2002 before serving as Director of the National Institutes of Health from 2002 to 2008. In that position, Elias oversaw the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers with more than 18,000 employees and a budget of $29.5 billion (2008).
In November 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him as one of the first presidential U.S. science envoys. Elias also served as senior fellow to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 2009 to 2010 and senior adviser to the CEO of Sanofi.
Elias has founded or co-founded five startup companies, authored more than 200 publications, and holds several patents. He has assumed positions on several boards, including most recently, those of the Lasker Foundation, Research America, and the NIH Foundation. He is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Elias received the prestigious Legion of Honor medal from the French National Order in 2008, and was elected in 2010 as a member of the French Academy of Medicine and appointed as Chair of Innovation at the College de France in 2011.
Drew Altman, PhD
PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE HENRY J. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Drew Altman is an innovator in health policy and journalism and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health issues.
He founded the current-day Kaiser Family Foundation in the early 1990s and was founding publisher of Kaiser Health News in 2009. A leader in health policy, communication, and journalism, the Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, with offices and its Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
Drew was Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for the state of New Jersey, Director of Health and Human Services at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served in the administration of President Jimmy Carter. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was part of its Governing Council from 2007 to 2012.
Drew earned his PhD in political science at MIT and completed his post-doctoral work at Harvard University before moving on to public service. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PRECISE.LY
Linda Avey is Co-Founder and CEO of Precise.ly, a personal health platform designed to close the information gap between health experts and consumers. By matching research and clinical insights to specific genetic markers, Precise.ly delivers targeted information to individuals, with the mission of expediting translation of relevant medical knowledge and facilitating Precision Health.
In 2006, Linda pioneered the field of consumer genetics with the co-founding of 23andMe, a leading personal genetic testing service. Previously, she spent 20 years in sales and business development in the biomolecular research industry. She helped develop genetics research programs for Affymetrix and Perlegen Sciences, leading to the first genome-wide association study of Parkinson's disease.
Linda is on the advisory board of Verily Life Sciences and is a board director of Perlara PBC. She was a founding independent board member of Rock Health, the first venture fund dedicated to digital health.
CHAIRMAN, BERTARELLI PARTNERS; FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, WAYPOINT CAPITAL
Ernesto Bertarelli is a Swiss entrepreneur whose current business interests include Bertarelli Partners and the Waypoint Capital group of asset management and life science investment businesses. In 1996, Ernesto was appointed CEO of Serono S.A, the bio-pharma business grown over the course of three generations by his family. Under his leadership, Serono accelerated its move from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and tripled its revenues. In 2007, Serono was sold to Merck KGaA.
Ernesto is a Chair of the Bertarelli Foundation, which is active in neuroscience research and marine conservation and science, and is a Co-Founder of the Campus Biotech life sciences hub in Geneva. He is a member of Harvard Medical School’s Board of Fellows, of the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne’s Strategic Advisory Board, and of Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors. Between 2002 and 2009, Ernesto served as a board director of UBS AG.
Ernesto was awarded the Légion d’Honneur by the President of France and the Cavaliere di Gran Croce by the President of the Italian Republic. In 2000, he founded the sailing team Alinghi, which won the America’s Cup in 2003 and 2007. Born in Rome, Ernesto graduated from Babson College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.
FOUNDER AND CEO, SPRUCE HEALTH
With a passion to create more accessible, affordable, and consumer-friendly healthcare experiences with the help of technology, Ray Bradford founded Spruce Health in September 2013 and serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Spruce is used by thousands of medical groups across America to modernize patient and care team communication and provide virtual care.
Prior to founding Spruce, Ray was a partner at Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). He was responsible for multiple early-stage venture investments and teamed with the life sciences practice to identify ways technology could reshape the health care industry. Before joining KPCB, Ray was an executive at Amazon.com and led product management for database services. At Amazon Web Services (AWS), he co-founded multiple new big data products, including Amazon Redshift.
Ray received his MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College. He is a named inventor on multiple database patent applications and was included in Forbes’s “30 under 30” list in 2012. He continues to support other entrepreneurs as an active early-stage investor with investments in leading companies like Segment, Color Genomics, Looker, Ubiquity, Farmers Business Network, and more.
Robert A. Bradway
CHAIRMAN AND CEO, AMGEN
Robert A. Bradway is Amgen’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Bob became Chairman in January 2013 and Chief Executive Officer in May 2012. Bob served as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2010 to May 2012, and was appointed to the Amgen Board of Directors in October 2011. He joined the company in 2006. Prior to joining Amgen, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in London.
Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a member of the board of directors of The Boeing Company. Bradway serves on the board of trustees of the University of Southern California and on the advisory board of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at that university.
He is the Chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization comprised of executives founded to bring solutions to cancer treatment and prevention. He is a member of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable, which is helping the association meet its goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans.
Bill Brody, MD, PhD
FORMER PRESIDENT, SALK INSTITUTE
An acclaimed physician-scientist, entrepreneur, and university leader, Bill Brody served as President of Johns Hopkins University from 1996 to 2009 and President of the Salk Institute from 2009 to 2015. Renowned for his achievements in biomedical engineering and the field of medical instrumentation, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine. He has authored more than 100 articles in medical journals, holds two patents in medical imaging, and is the Co-Founder of three medical device companies.
At the start of his career, Bill held appointments at the Stanford University School of Medicine, including Professor of Radiology and Electrical Engineering; Director of the Advanced Imaging Techniques Laboratory; and Director of Research Laboratories, Division of Diagnostic Radiology. In 1987, he moved to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he held several appointments, including the Martin W. Donner Professor of Radiology; Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Professor of Biomedical Engineering; and Radiologist-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Bill then served as provost of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.
Bill has been a national figure in efforts to encourage innovation and strengthen the U.S. economy through investments in research and education. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. He earned his doctorate and his medical degree from Stanford University. He continued his postgraduate training in cardiovascular surgery and radiology at Stanford, the National Institutes of Health, and UCSF.
R. Martin Chavez
GLOBAL CO-HEAD, SECURITIES DIVISION, GOLDMAN SACHS
Marty is global co-head of the Securities Division. He is a member of the Management Committee and Steering Committee on Regulatory Reform. Marty is also a member of the Firmwide Hispanic/Latino Network and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network.
Marty first joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 in the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division, where he was a senior energy strat until 1997. He returned to the firm as a managing director in Investment Banking Division Strats in 2005, becoming global cohead of Securities Division Strats and then global co-chief operating officer of the Equities Franchise. Later, Marty was chief information officer, responsible for the Technology Division and jointly responsible with divisional leadership for the firm’s global strategists. Prior to assuming his current role, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Marty was named partner in 2006.
Prior to first joining the firm, Marty was co-founder and chief technology officer of Quorum Software Systems from 1989 to 1993. From 1997 to 2000, he was global head of energy derivatives at Credit Suisse Financial Products. In 2000, Marty cofounded Kiodex, Inc. and was chairman and chief executive officer until 2004. Marty serves on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study, and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Marty earned a PhD in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University in 1990, an SM in Computer Science from Harvard University in 1985, and an AB, magna cum laude, in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College in 1985.
MANAGING PARTNER AND CHAIRMAN, TA ASSOCIATES
Brian Conway has more than 30 years of experience in the growth private equity industry at TA Associates in Boston. He joined TA Associates in 1984, became a Managing Director in 1989, and Chairman in 2014. He is Chairman of TA’s Executive Committee, Co-chair of TA’s Core Investment Committee, and Chairman of TA’s Portfolio Committee. TA is a global growth private equity firm, with $15 billion of assets under management. With offices in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong, TA invests in growth companies in the technology, healthcare, consumer, and financial and business services industries. Brian has been actively involved in 92 growth company investments for TA. Brian’s prior board work included 10 publicly-traded companies.
In the nonprofit sector, Brian is on the Boards of The Boston Foundation and The Steppingstone Foundation and is Trustee Emeritus of Amherst College, where he received his BA in Economics and English magna cum laude. He also has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Brian and his wife Karen have four children, including Alison, who is a student at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, TPG
Jonathan Coslet is the Chief Investment Officer of TPG Global. He is Chairman of TPG Capital’s Investment Committee and a member of the TPG Holdings Executive Committee. Jonathan joined TPG at its inception in 1993. Prior to joining TPG, he worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1991 to 1993 and at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1987 to 1989 where he specialized in leveraged acquisitions.
In 1991, Jonathan received his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Fellow. He received his B.S.E. in Economics (Finance) from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, where he was valedictorian, summa cum laude, a Gordon Fellow and a Steur Fellow.
Jonathan also serves on the Strategy and Finance Committees of Stanford Children’s Hospital, the Stanford Medicine Advisory Council, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Advisory Board, the Investment Committee for Eastside Preparatory School, and as a Trustee for Menlo School. He also has previously served on the Board of Stanford Children’s Hospital, the Harvard Business School Board of Advisors, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Advisory Council, and the Hamilton Project.
Robert Darnell, MD, PhD
ROBERT AND HARRIET HEILBRUNN PROFESSOR AND SENIOR ATTENDING PHYSICIAN, THE ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY; INVESTIGATOR, HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE; FOUNDING DIRECTOR AND CEO EMERITUS, NEW YORK GENOME CENTER
Robert Darnell is head of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-Oncology and Senior Physician at Rockefeller University Hospital. His research began studying patients with rare disorders triggered by naturally occurring tumor immunity. He discovered the disorders are caused by antigen-specific killer T cells, helping lay the groundwork for the field of immuno-oncology. His analysis of the target antigens led him to discover brain-specific systems governing the regulation of RNA, and led him to develop CLIP, a platform technology that is now widely applied in next-generation functional genomics. Bob is the Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor of Cancer Biology and Senior Physician at The Rockefeller University, an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Senior Visiting Fellow at MITRE, and has served for many years as adjunct Attending Neuro-Oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Bob double majored in Biology and Chemistry at Columbia University and received his MD-PhD in molecular biology from Washington University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and in neurology at New York Hospital. His honors include an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.
In 2012, he became the Founding Director and CEO of the New York Genome Center, a not-for-profit multi-institutional academic collaborative focused on harnessing big data and molecular genetics to improve clinical care. His efforts led to the recruitment of 12 Institutional Founding Members and additional Associate Member Institutions from academia and industry. He oversaw the buildout of a 170,000-square-foot state-of-the-art genome center and raised over $300 million in support. He recruited 20 faculty, including a Nobel Laureate, five members of the NAS, and a dynamic set of new young investigators. In 2016, the New York Genome Center was awarded a $45 million NIH grant, placing it as one of the top four genome centers in the U.S.
SENIOR LECTURER, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL; FORMER CHAIRMAN AND CEO, TENET HEALTHCARE CORPORATION
Trevor Fetter is an experienced large-company CEO and entrepreneur. As Chairman and CEO of Tenet Healthcare, he transformed a regional hospital operator into a $20 billion diversified national healthcare services company. Under Trevor’s leadership, the company created two multibillion-dollar businesses, one in the business process outsourcing area and the other in ambulatory services. He joined the faculty of Harvard Business School in 2018, teaching the first-year MBA required course in business ethics.
Prior to joining Tenet, Trevor earned his BA in Economics from Stanford University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1986. He began his career in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch. Operating from New York and Los Angeles, he worked with two client companies for whom he would later serve as an executive: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and Tenet.
He serves as lead independent director of The Hartford Financial Services Group and is on the national board of the Smithsonian Institution.
Trevor has been married to his Stanford classmate Melissa Fetter since 1983. Trevor is a competitive sailor, with extensive experience racing both inshore and offshore.
VICE CHAIRMAN, ROCHE HOLDING
André Hoffmann is the Vice Chairman of Roche Holding, Switzerland, a highly innovative pharmaceutical company and serves on the board of the fully owned subsidiary Genentech Inc. in California. Mr. Hoffmann has also contributed to the development and success of a data driven, cloud based, analytics company providing meaningful insights into the US health system: Inovalon Inc., based in Maryland.
Alongside his non-executive roles in the family business, André has a distinguished cursus in nature conservation and sustainability. He served on the board of WWF International for 19 years (the last 10 years as Vice President), Wetlands International, Global Footprint Network and FIBA.
He is the President of Fondation MAVA, and President of Fondation Tour du Valat in the Camargue, France.
He firmly believes in business as a force for good and has joined the board of SystemIQ in order to help positively disrupt critical economic systems. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, as well as of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.
André has been instrumental in establishing the Hoffmann Global Institute in Business and Society (HGIBS) at INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France, his alma mater.
His philanthropic activity focuses on sustainable impact in many other organizations, mostly in the field of Education.
André studied economics at St. Gallen University and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER, KOIS S.A.
Charles-Antoine Janssen is an impact investor focused on health care access. In 2012, Charles co-founded Kois, a global impact investing firm (blended finance structuring and asset management) active in health care, education/skilling, and living environments. He is a member of the investment committee of two Kois venture capital funds: HealthQuad (India health care delivery and technology innovations) and Tara IV (India health care and social entrepreneurship focus). He serves on the Board of the following private companies: Regency Hospitals, Medikabazaar, THB, Lilac Insights, TC4AI, GoJob, Trusted Family, and Imbra. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Quadria and Lighthouse.
In 2001, Charles joined UCB (a CNS, immunology, and bone R&D-driven biopharma company). Among other responsibilities, he was Head of Global Business Development, General Manager of Austria and India, and managed International Major Markets Operations. He joined the Board of Tubize in 2011, the Board of UCB in 2012, and UCB’s Audit Committee in 2015. Charles worked for Merrill Lynch in London from 1996-2000 where he was Vice President of Equities Research, and then Vice President of New Derivatives, Europe.
Over the years, Charles has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations (UNHCR, MSF) and founded socially driven nonprofit organizations (Toolbox Belgium and Toolbox India). He is a member of the Board of Mind & Life Europe, a nonprofit organization aimed at building bridges between contemplative and contemporary sciences. He holds a bachelor of laws degree from Brussels University and completed the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. Until his 2016 move to India, Charles was Assistant Professor of social entrepreneurship at the Solvay Brussels School of Management and Economics at Brussels University.
Jo Ann Jenkins
As CEO of AARP, Jo Ann Jenkins leads the world’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with nearly 2,000 staff members, 60,000 volunteers and numerous strategic partners. Since joining the organization in 2010 and heading it since 2014, Jo Ann has transformed AARP into a leader in social change focused on everyday issues such as health care costs, financial security, connectivity, and career continuation. She also established a new strategic direction and operating structure for AARP Foundation and created Drive to End Hunger, a nationwide campaign which has donated over 36 million meals.
Jo Ann began her career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, later moving to the Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture and then served as Chief Operating Officer of the Library of Congress. She has held a variety of board and advisory positions, including Congressional Hunger Center, Living Cities, and Caring for Military Families.
Jo Ann has been recognized as “Non-Profit Influencer of the Year” (2015). Most recently, she is the best-selling author of Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age. After earning her BS from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, Jo Ann graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from both Spring Hill College and Washington College.
FORMER CEO, NOVARTIS
Joe Jimenez was CEO of Novartis from 2010 through 2018. Under his leadership, and driven by a commitment to R&D investment, Novartis developed one of the largest pipelines of self-originated drugs in the industry. Joe also transformed the company’s portfolio to focus on leading businesses with innovation power and global scale in pharmaceuticals, eye care, and generics.
Prior to serving as CEO of Novartis, Joe held the position of Division Head, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. He joined Novartis in 2007 as Division Head, Novartis Consumer Health. Previously, Joe served as President and CEO of the North American and European businesses for the H.J. Heinz Company. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive Co. from 2009 to 2015, and of AstraZeneca PLC from 2002 to 2007.
Joe is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Procter & Gamble and General Motors. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
DIRECTOR, HEALTH, EMERSON COLLECTIVE
Reed Jobs leads Emerson’s team in the health care space. With a sole focus on oncology, his team accelerates the discovery and translation of cancer research to best improve and empower the lives of patients.
To achieve this, Reed is an active philanthropist and venture investor. His philanthropic portfolio includes several competitive grant programs with major research entities in the U.S. and the U.K. Additionally, he is involved in the creation of a nonprofit organization to house altruistically donated patient genomic and clinical data to be made available to researchers across the United States, upon request.
He graduated Stanford University with an honors degree in history and international security before achieving a master’s degree in History. He is an avid traveler and distance runner.
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, NUNA
Jini Kim is the Founder and CEO of Nuna, a data and analytics company helping to improve the quality and affordability of health care in the U.S. In 2014, she took a leave of absence from Nuna to participate in the “tech surge” that saved the Healthcare.gov site, and set Nuna up for an active role in building a nationwide data platform for Medicaid.
Jini was previously a product manager at Google Health, tasked with determining Google’s strategy in genomics. In addition, she was the product manager of the Go team, Google’s first programming language.
Ann Huntress Lamont
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER OAK HC/FT
Oak HC/FT Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Annie Lamont has more than 30 years of experience as a venture capitalist investing in transformative companies and entrepreneurs. In 2014, Annie, along with Patricia Kemp and Andrew Adams, launched Oak HC/FT, a venture capital firm that invests in early- to growth-stage tech-enabled companies shaping the future of healthcare information and financial services. Before founding Oak HC/FT, Annie was a Managing Partner at Oak Investment Partners.
Annie is known as a leading health care and fintech investor, appearing on the Forbes Midas List, Institutional Investor’s FinTech Finance 40 list, and the Top 100 Venture Capitalist rankings published by CB Insights and The New York Times. She was the first recipient of the National Venture Capital Association’s award for Excellence in Healthcare Innovation. Annie was also honored with Healthcare Private Equity Association’s 2017 Russell L. Carson Award for lifetime achievement in health care investing.
Annie serves as a core participant of the Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS), a collaboration between HHS and health care innovation and investment professionals to discuss the health care landscape, emerging opportunities, and the government’s role in facilitating accelerated innovation and investment.
She serves on the Board of HCA, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies, and previously served on the Stanford Board of Trustees. Annie received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University.
Cliff Leaf became the 18th Editor-in-Chief of FORTUNE in March 2017 after serving as deputy editor for the previous three years. Prior to that he was a guest editor for the New York Times op-ed page, and held senior positions at the Wall Street Journal’s SmartMoney magazine and FORTUNE. He is also the author of the book, "The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It," which was named by Newsweek as one of “The Best Books About Cancer,” and which earned Cliff a Lifetime Achievement Award for cancer reporting from the European School of Oncology.
The founding chairman of the Brainstorm Health conference and a keynote speaker at more than three dozen scientific meetings around the world, Cliff has won numerous awards for his journalism and leadership in the anticancer effort, including the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism and the NIHCM’s Health Care Journalism Award. In 2006, Cliff delivered “Grand Rounds” at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, becoming the first and only journalist to receive that honor.
FOUNDER AND CEO, THE INFORMATION
Jessica Lessin is the founder and CEO of The Information, a publication known for original, in-depth reporting about the technology industry.
Jessica previously covered the biggest tech companies for the Wall Street Journal, breaking news of major deals, product launches and CEO changes. In 2011, she was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for a series on digital privacy. In 2014, Vanity Fair named her one of a new generation of media disruptors.
In addition to growing The Information’s subscriber community and team, Jessica continues to break news about the technology industry regularly and writes The Information’s weekly “The Takeaway” column.
She is a contributor and regular guest on CNBC and has appeared on NPR, CNN and PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show."
Jessica was born in New York and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 2005. She has lived in San Francisco since 2010.
MANAGING PARTNER, STRUCTURE CAPITAL
Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor, and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of an early-stage Silicon Valley venture fund, Structure Capital. Branded "Architects of the Zero Waste Economy," they invest in underutilized assets and excess capacity.
Jillian serves on numerous Boards including: Stanford University Digital Health board, Advisory Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools.
Prior to Structure Capital, she was Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media, and Global Goal Sports Management. She served as Co-Director of TMT for Credit Suisse Zurich, and Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. She began venture investing after serving as Associate Publisher of the national publication Upside, reporting on the financial strategies of the tech industry.
As a frequent global public speaker, Jillian provides business and political commentary in the media, primarily on CNBC and Bloomberg. She co-hosts Gimlet Media’s podcast “The Pitch." She attended The University of Oxford & NYU, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times.
Jillian chaired The Women's Conference, where she joined California’s then First Lady, Maria Shriver, to create the world’s largest conference addressing issues important to women. She remains an active advocate in investing in women’s potential and success. She is the mother of four children who are her breath, smile, and inspiration.
Homer Pien, PhD
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT, PHILIPS HEALTHCARE
Homer Pien is the Chief Scientific Officer for diagnosis and treatment at Philips, a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and home care. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer for imaging systems at Philips.
Prior to joining Philips in 2012, Homer spent nearly a decade as Director of the Laboratory of Medical Imaging and Computations at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Radiology, and was an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Earlier in his career, Homer was founder and CEO of an early-stage life sciences company focused on sensing and molecular biology technologies, and worked at Draper Laboratory as well as MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Homer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, holds a MS in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and MS and PhD degrees in computer science (Image Processing and Computer Vision) from Northeastern University in Boston.
Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD
CHAIRMAN, GSTEELE HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD, serves as Chairman of GSteele Health Solutions, an independently operated venture launched to help health care organizations create value and improve quality. He is the former Chairman of xG Health Solutions (2013 to 2018) and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System (2001 to 2015).
Additionally, Glenn serves as Vice Chair of Health Transformation Alliance (HTA). HTA is founded by 46 of America’s most successful corporations with a common goal to improve health care outcomes for their 6.5-7 million sponsored lives.
Prior to joining Geisinger Health System, he served as Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, President and Chief Executive Officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital.
Glenn received his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard College and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his PhD in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.
MANAGING PARTNER, GENERAL CATALYST
Hemant Taneja is a managing partner at General Catalyst and the Founder of the firm’s Silicon Valley operations. Hemant partners with founders who are building platform companies that are fundamentally aligned with the long-term interests of society.
He is an early investor in market-leading companies like Stripe, Gusto, Livongo, Samsara, Grammarly, Fundbox, and Snap. His investment thesis, known as “economies of unscale,” explains how 21st-century founders are leveraging modern platforms and AI-based mass personalization techniques to innovate across all major parts of the economy. In his recent book “UNSCALED,” Hemant builds on that thesis and articulates the need for accountability, transparency, and explainability as AI permeates every aspect of our daily lives.
He currently teaches a course on A.I., Entrepreneurship and Society at Stanford University that addresses these issues. In addition to his investment work, Hemant is the Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Economy, an organization focused on transforming energy policy in America; and is a Founding Board Member of Khan Lab School, an innovative K-12 school. Hemant holds five degrees from MIT.
MANAGING PARTNER, GURNET POINT CAPITAL
Christopher Viehbacher is the Managing Partner of Gurnet Point Capital, a Boston-based investment fund associated with the Bertarelli family and has a $2 billion capital allocation. He is the former CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Sanofi and was also the Chairman of the Board of Genzyme in Boston. Prior to joining Sanofi, Chris spent 20 years with GlaxoSmithKline in Germany, Canada, France and, latterly, the U.S. as President of GSK North America.
Chris currently serves on the Boards of: Axcella, BeforeBrands, Boston Pharmaceuticals, Crossover, Innocoll, Macrolide, Nuvelution, Pure Tech Health plc, and Vedanta. He is also a Trustee of Northeastern University.
Current and past advocacy roles include: former Co-Chair with Bill Gates, the CEO Roundtable on Neglected Diseases; Past-Chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer; Chairman of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in Washington; President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations in Brussels.
Chris has in the past served on various advisory groups at MIT, Duke University, and Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. He has received the Pasteur Foundation Award for outstanding commitment to safeguarding and improving health worldwide and received France’s highest civilian honor, the Legion d’Honneur.
Emma Walmsley has been GSK CEO since April 2017 and a member of GSK’s Corporate Executive Team since 2011. She is also a member of the GSK Board.
Since becoming CEO, Emma has focused GSK’s three businesses (Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, and Consumer Healthcare) around three long-term priorities: Innovation, Performance, and Trust, underpinned by a culture change. Most recently, GSK announced a new approach to R&D, focusing on science related to the immune system, the use of genetics and investments in advanced technologies.
Prior to her appointment as GSK CEO, Emma was the CEO of GSK Consumer Healthcare, leading its creation as a Joint Venture between GSK and Novartis in March 2015 (now solely owned by GSK since June 2018).
Emma joined GSK in 2010 from L’Oreal, having worked for 17 years in a variety of roles in Paris, London, New York, and Shanghai.
Emma co-chairs the Consumer, Retail and Life Sciences Council, a business advisory group for the U.K. Government, and is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Emma holds an MA in Classics and Modern Languages from Oxford University.
CEO, GRACE SCIENCE, LLC & PRESIDENT, GRACE SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Matt Wilsey is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor. In addition to consumer products and services, Matt invests in and advocates for biomedical research, drug development, and genetic sequencing technologies. Currently, he is Chief Executive Officer of Grace Science, LLC and President of Grace Science Foundation. He became a “rare disease hunter” and advocate after his daughter Grace was born with NGLY1 Deficiency. He has since funded more than 200 scientists at 20 medical institutions in six countries with the sole purpose of treating the disease.
Matt spent many years as a front-line operator at CardSpring and Howcast and private equity professional at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the Capital Markets team. Prior to that, Matt spent five years as Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development at Zazzle. He started his career serving in various roles at the White House and the Department of Defense.
Matt holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He is also a Trustee of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation and a Director of Perlara PBC.
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, 23ANDME
Anne Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics.
23andMe has built one of the world's largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries, and the company has created a proven and standardized resource for finding new genetic association and confirming genetic loci discovered by others.
Under Anne's leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology.
Joseph J. Wolk
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Joseph J. Wolk (Joe) is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Johnson & Johnson. Joe serves as a member of the company’s executive committee, plays a strategic role in the overall management of the company, and leads the development and execution of the company’s global long-term financial and procurement strategies. As a financial steward of Johnson & Johnson, Joe’s scope of responsibilities include driving competitive and profitable growth, generating sustainable cash flow, allocating capital to maximize value creation and managing risk across the entire enterprise.
Prior to assuming his current duties, Joe was the vice president of investor relations for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, he developed a winning strategy for building strong relationships with the investment community and disseminating Johnson & Johnson’s value creation narrative to all external financial stakeholders. During Joe’s tenure in this role, the investor relations function was regularly recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the best teams in the industry.
Prior to investor relations, Joe held a variety of senior leadership roles in several segments and functions across the company, where he achieved superior results. He served as vice president of finance for the pharmaceuticals group, vice president of finance for the medical devices global supply chain and chief financial officer of the North America Pharmaceuticals Group.
Joe is the executive sponsor of Johnson & Johnson’s Veterans Leadership Council, a champion of the Finance Leadership Development Program and a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council. He holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from St. Joseph’s University, where he currently serves on the Haub School of Business Board of Visitors, and a JD degree from Temple University School of Law. Joe is also a certified public accountant (CPA).