Paul Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University

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Welcome to 2023 Stanford Drug Discovery Symposium. This symposium provides a valuable and important platform for inspiring interdisciplinary exchange at the forefront of drug research and will support a fantastic networking experience. It provides a great resource for researchers, pharmaceutical companies, investment groups, and those in the wider biomedical community interested in discovering new drugs and improving patient care. We look forward to an exciting two days of talks and discussion.

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD | Director, Cardiovascular Institute


Hal Barron, MD

CEO, Altos Labs

Patrizia Cavazzoni, MD

Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA

Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD

CSO and President, Worldwide Research, Development and Medical, Pfizer

Alexander Hardy, MBA

CEO, Genentech

Fady Malik, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President of Research & Development, Cytokinetics

Maria T. Millan, MD

President and CEO, CIRM

Merdad Parsey, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer, Gilead

Robert A. Bradway, MBA

Chairman & CEO, Amgen

Kevin Conroy, JD

Chairman and CEO, Exact Sciences

Levi Garraway, MD, PhD

Executive VP, Head of Product Development, and Chief Medical Officer, Genentech/Roche

Najat Khan, PhD

Chief Data Science Officer & Global Head, Strategy and Operations, R&D, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson

Mathai Mammen, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President, Pharmaceuticals, R&D, Johnson & Johnson

Karen Nelson, PhD 

CSO, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Andrew Plump, MD, PhD

President, R&D, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Namandje Bumpus, PhD

Chief Scientist, FDA

Francis deSouza, MA

CEO Illumina

Aida Habtezion, MD

CMO and Head of Worldwide Medical & Safety, Pfizer

Dean Li, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President and President, Merck Research Laboratories

Fiona Marshall, PhD

CEO, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Frank Nestle, MD

CSO, Sanofi

Tony Wood, PhD

CSO, GlaxoSmithKline

Fireside Chat with Nobel Laureates

Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD

Nobel Laureate 2022; Baker Family Director of Stanford ChEM-H

Paul Berg, PhD

Nobel Laureate 1980; Robert W. and Vivian K. Cahill Professor of Research, Emeritus, Stanford University

Jennifer Doudna, PhD

Nobel Laureate 2020; Professor, UC Berkeley

Roger Kornberg, PhD

Nobel Laureate 2006; Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Brian Kobilka, MD

Nobel Laureate 2012; Helene Irwin Fagan Chair of Cardiology, Stanford University

Lifetime Achievement Awardee

Brian Druker, MD

Director of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute


Amanda Chase, PhD

Associate Director of Strategic Research Development
Stanford Cardiovascular Institute

Kuldev Singh, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Sanjay Malhotra, PhD

Professor, Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology; Director, Center for Experimental Therapeutics

Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

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

Mark Mercola, PhD

Professor of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

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For additional information, please contact Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, or Francesca Tongco.