Your visits to the doctor will never be the same after you learn how biotechnology is changing 21st century medicine. With new knowledge and technologies, we can craft increasingly better therapies tailored to an individual’s genome and microbiology. Learn how leading scientists are transforming one-size-fits-all medicine to treatments customized just for you.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book.
Panelist Kim Popovits’ professional and personal experience with cancer drove her passion to change the way we diagnose and treat this complex disease. She sits at the forefront of the personalized medicine movement, working to develop treatments as unique as patients themselves. As the CEO and President of Genomic Health, she continues to be one of the most influential forces in applying the latest biotechnology to improve healthcare.
Colin Hill is passionate about using data to transform healthcare. As CEO and President of GNS Healthcare, he brings years of experience, creativity, and knowledge of computational physics, systems biology and personalized medicine to help create new tools to achieve better health outcomes for patients while lowering costs.
More than three decades following her successful treatment for Lymphoma, Laurie Levin was diagnosed with breast cancer. Genomic testing made it possible to personalize her treatment and forgo chemotherapy. Twice a cancer survivor, she has become a health ambassador, promoting breast cancer treatment awareness and offering peer-to-peer coaching through personal appearances, radio interviews and digital medial such as blogs, webinars and webcasts.
The panel will be moderated by New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer. In his numerous, essays, articles, and blog posts, Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology, where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He has authored 12 books, including ‘A Planet of Viruses’, ‘Parasite Rex’ and ‘The Tangled Bank’ and has been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Journalism Award three times.