David J. Roux, of Upperville, Virginia, is co-founder and co-managing partner of BayPine Capital. He served previously as Chairman and co-CEO of SilverLake. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of Liberate Technologies, Executive Vice President at Oracle Corporation and Senior Vice President at Lotus Development.
Mr. Roux began his technology career as co-founder and CEO of Datext. Previously, Mr. Roux was a board member of Intelsat, Business Objects, Gartner, Serena Software, Symantec, Thomson, UGS Corp., and was the Chairman of the Board of Seagate Technology and Avaya. In addition to the JAX Board of Trustees, which he has chaired since 2015, he currently serves on the board of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and has served on the boards of the the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society and Bowdoin College.
A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Roux holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M. Phil. from King’s College, Cambridge University.
Adaora A. Adimora, M.D., MPH is Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine. She has been an Infectious Diseases physician for more than 25 years. She is Principal Investigator of the UNC site of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study-Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study (MACS/WIHS CCS). Her research focuses on the epidemiology of HIV and STDs among minority populations. Dr. Adimora has led a variety of studies, including community-based studies, clinical research, secondary analyses of large databases, and a population-based case-control study of risk factors for heterosexual HIV transmission among African Americans. Her work has demonstrated the importance of sexual network patterns and important contextual factors, such as poverty and racism, in promoting behaviors that establish and maintain racial disparities in rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the United States.
Dr. Adimora has served as Chair of the HIV Medicine Association and also served on the NIAID Advisory Council, the DHHS Antiretroviral Guidelines Panel, and the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She is currently a member of the International AIDS Society’s Governing Council and the NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel. In 2019, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Thomas C. Barry is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an investment management company which he founded in 1994. Prior to founding Zephyr, Mr. Barry was President and CEO of Rockefeller & Co., the investment management arm of the Rockefeller family, from 1983 to 1993. Previously, he was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. from 1969 to 1982, where among other responsibilities he was President of T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund and Director of Research.
Mr. Barry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Yale University, where he majored in Latin American Studies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Barry is currently a Director for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Trustee of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and the University School in Ohio. Mr. Barry also serves on the Yale University President’s Council on International Affairs and the Dean’s Council for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., MACP, FASCO, FACE, is a medical oncologist and epidemiologist. He serves as Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oncology of the School of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors.
From 2007 to 2018, Dr. Brawley was Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of the American Cancer Society. In that role, he oversaw the largest private cancer research funding program in the U.S. He previously served as a professor in the Emory University School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health and as a tenured senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute.
Among numerous awards, he received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for his work in the U.S. Public Health Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Brawley graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.
Joshua Broder serves as CEO of Tilson, headquartered in Portland, Maine. Under Josh’s leadership, Tilson has grown from less than 10 employees to over 550, earning a top spot on the Inc. 5000 list for the past ten years. Josh is also the founder of Tilson’s public utility affiliate, which develops, owns, and leases back 5G infrastructure including poles, towers, dark fiber and neutral host indoor and outdoor wireless networks nationwide. He cut his teeth in leadership as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan designing, building and operating the communications network for US forces.
Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and is a graduate of AT&T’s Operation Hand Salute at JFK University with a certificate in entrepreneurial studies. He is currently serving a gubernatorial appointment as the co-chair of Maine’s economic recovery committee, and is on the boards of Versant Power, VETRO Fibermap, Kleinschmidt Associates, and Skowhegan Savings Bank.
Carla E. Brodley, Ph.D. is the Dean of Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Executive Director of the Center for Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University. She also serves as a senior advisor to Northeastern’s President, Joseph Aoun. Prior to joining Northeastern, she was on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Tufts University (2004-2014) and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University (1994-2004)
A fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Dr. Brodley’s interdisciplinary machine learning research led to advances not only in computer and information science, but in areas including remote sensing, neuroscience, digital libraries, astrophysics, content-based image retrieval of medical images, computational biology, chemistry, evidence-based medicine, and predictive medicine.
Brodley’s numerous leadership positions include serving as program co-chair of the International Conference on Machine Learning, co-chair of AAAI, and associate editor of the Journal of AI Research and the Journal of Machine Learning Research. She previously served on DARPA’s Defense Science Study Group, the board of the International Machine Learning Society, the AAAI Council, and DARPA’s Information Science and Technology Board. She is currently is a member of the Computing Research Association Board of Directors, the Mass Technology Leadership Council and the Mass Tech Collaborative Board of Directors.
She has a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Timothy Dattels is co-managing partner of TPG Capital Asia based in Hong Kong. He also is a member of the firm's executive committee. Prior to joining TPG in 2004, Dattels served as a partner and managing director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1996 to 2000. During that time, he advised several of Asia's leading entrepreneurs and governments as head of investment banking for all Asian countries outside Japan. In addition, he served on the firm's management committee in Asia. He is also a member of Northstar Equity Partners' investment committee.
Dattels serves or has served on the Board of Directors of BlackBerry, Parkway Holdings, Primedia, Inc., Shangri-La Asia Ltd., and Sing Tao News Corporation. He is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of SFJazz. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of arts, with honors, from the University of Western Ontario.
Julie Hembrock Daum leads the North American Board Practice at executive search and leadership consulting firm Spencer Stuart, where she was a long-standing board member. She consults with corporate boards, working with companies of all sizes from the Fortune 10 to pre-IPO companies. She has conducted more than 1,000 board director assignments, recently recruiting outside directors for Johnson & Johnson, Whole Foods, Amazon, Saudi Aramco, Nike, numerous IPOs and spin-off boards.
A recognized expert on governance topics, Ms. Daum has been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Governance by NACD/Directorship Magazine every year since its inception. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, she was the executive director of the corporate board resource at Catalyst, where she managed all board of directors' activities and worked with companies to identify qualified women for their boards. Ms. Daum began her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles.
Ms. Daum is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in corporate finance. She serves on the board of directors of Seacoast Bank and as a commissioner for the Women's Refugee Commission.
Steven B. Fink, J.D., serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Malibu Ventures. An investment professional, he has extensive experience building and managing technology companies. Mr. Fink has served on the boards of numerous publicly traded and privately held companies, including Nextera, Pillar Data Systems, Inc., Life Storage LLC, Leapfrog Enterprises Inc., and Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. He founded Knowledge Universe Inc. (now KinderCare Education) and serves as its founding partner and managing director.
Mr. Fink serves or has served on the Board of Trustees of Barnard College, Columbia University, the Herb Ritts Foundation Board, The Photographic Counsel of the Getty Museum, the American College of Physicians Foundation Board, the Board of the Smithsonian Institute Museum of American History, the UCLA Foundation Board, and the Board of Directors of City of Hope.
He holds a J.D., and an L.L.M. degree from the New York University and a B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., is the Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at Rockefeller University. He is a recipient of the 2010 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his discovery of the hormone leptin and its role in regulating body weight. Dr. Friedman has received numerous other awards including the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Passano Foundation Award, the Banting Lecture Award, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Metabolic Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Friedman graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute magna cum laude and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University. After completing two residencies at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Dr. Friedman began his career at Rockefeller as a postgraduate fellow and associate physician. He received a Ph.D. under the mentorship of Professor James Darnell, Jr., M.D., and was appointed assistant professor. Dr. Friedman was then promoted to associate professor and named head of the laboratory of molecular genetics at Rockefeller. He was then promoted to professor and subsequently appointed as the Marilyn M. Simpson Professor. Dr. Friedman also serves as the Chairman of Bay City Capital’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Bertrand García-Moreno is Professor of Biophysics and Vice Dean for Natural Sciences at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Trained as a physical chemist, the focus of his research is on mechanisms of energy transduction in proteins and on the role of pH as a cellular signal. He has been active in the development of computational methods to interpret protein function from structure, and more recently on the engineering of protein pH switches for therapeutic applications and on studies of the evolution of stability of proteins under extreme conditions. At Hopkins he also leads a long-term project to reimagine undergraduate education.
Dr. García-Moreno earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, where his doctoral research focused on the development of computational methods for structure-based analysis of biological macromolecules. He completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Biology at Johns Hopkins University and after two years in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis he returned to Hopkins to join the faculty. He received his A. B. in biochemistry from Bowdoin College, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.
John A. Gibbons Jr., of Greenwich, Conn., is owner and managing partner of Odin Partners, an investment management firm based in New York City. He previously served as a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC.
Mr. Gibbons earned his M.B.A. from New York University and his B.A. from Bowdoin College, where he has served in numerous alumni volunteer leadership roles. He was elected a trustee emeritus of Bowdoin College in 2017 after serving as a trustee of the college for 15 years. He is also a trustee of the Gibbons Foundation.
Melissa C. Guzy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures and has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and venture investor.
Before Arbor Ventures, Melissa was a Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee at VantagePoint Capital Partners, where she invested in early stage technology companies in Asia, Europe and Silicon Valley. In 2007, Melissa moved to Hong Kong to build VantagePoint’s investment practice in the region, establishing offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Her current board positions include EverCompliant, InCountry, Paidy and TrueAccord.
Melissa attended Wellesley College and earned a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida. She is the author of the paper “Venture Capital Returns and Public Market Performance.” She is the Co-Chair of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association (“HKVCA”) Venture Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the HKVCA and the Singapore Venture Capital Association, and a former member of the Hong Kong SFC on Innovation. Additionally, she was a guest lecturer on the venture capital industry at the University of Florida, Hong Kong University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Melissa is also a Hopkins Fellow and participated in the Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard University. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Influencer in Fintech (NxtBnk), AlwaysOn Fintech Power Player, as well as one of the Top 13 Women in Asia of Tech Influencers.
Dr. Hewett serves as executive director of the Institute for Digital Engineering and Life Sciences--an organization working to create a new graduate school in Portland, Maine, that will focus narrowly on digital engineering and genomics/life sciences. Hewett recently retired as executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Jackson Laboratory (JAX). Since his arrival in 2004, he has overseen the launch of numerous research products and services; modernization of mouse production facilities; completion of new research laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine; and the relocation and expansion of the Laboratory’s California operation. Dr. Hewett conceived and led the development of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and secured the State of Connecticut’s agreement to provide $291 million and 17 acres of land for its establishment. Dr. Hewett is a member of The Jackson Laboratory’s Board of Trustees and also served as a founding board member of the New York Genome Center, the founding chair of the Ellsworth Business Development Corporation and the Consulting Executive Director of the Institute of Digital Engineering and Life Sciences in Portland, Maine.
Prior to joining the Laboratory, as CEO of Atlantic Energy Partners and Neptune Regional Transmission System, Dr. Hewett successfully developed a $650 million underwater merchant D.C. electric transmission system connecting Long Island, N.Y., to New Jersey. At the same time, he also served as vice president and secretary to the Board of the Cianbro Companies. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Hewett served for three years as the chief operating officer of the Executive Branch of the state of Maine during Gov. Angus King's first term. He has held chief executive posts in the international pharmaceutical industry, in electric generation and in natural resource management, and has created companies and managed start-up projects in Asia, Europe and the United States. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in political economy from Williams College and holds M.F.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, where he was a member of Sigma Xi.
Jean Hoffman is an independent board member and investor based in Portland, Maine. She has had a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Most recently, she founded and built Putney into America’s leading generic drug company for pets, serving as the company’s president, CEO and chair of its Board from inception to its 2016 sale to Dechra Holdings US Inc., a subsidiary of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC.
Putney was Jean’s second successful exit for a company she founded and built. Previously, she founded Newport Strategies, Inc., and led that company as it built a global brand for its proprietary healthcare information technology systems until its 2004 acquisition by Thomson Reuters.
Jean began her career at the U.S.-China Business Council, where she advised U.S. companies on the establishment of business with China and Chinese entities on exporting to the U.S, leading to her subsequent career in the pharmaceutical industry. She then joined the Swiss-Asian Zuellig Group of Companies, eventually becoming CEO of ZetaPharm, a Zuellig subsidiary.
A graduate of Bowdoin College, where she majored in East Asian History and Government and Legal Studies, Jean has been honored with numerous awards, including a 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the life sciences category for New England. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and on the board of MedRhythms, Inc., based in Portland, Maine.
Dr. Liu is the president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore (2001-2011), and was the president of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) from 2007-2013. Between 1997 and 2001, he was the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Clinical Sciences in Bethesda, Md., where he was in charge of the intramural clinical translational science programs.
From 1987 to 1996, Dr. Liu was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center's Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer; the director of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at UNC's School of Public Health; chief of Medical Genetics; and the chair of the Correlative Science Committee of the national cooperative clinical trials group, CALGB. Dr. Liu is an international expert in cancer biology, genomics, human genetics, molecular epidemiology and translational medicine.
Dr. Liu's own scientific research has focused on the functional genomics of human cancers, particularly breast cancer, uncovering new oncogenes, and deciphering on a genomic scale the dynamics of gene regulation that modulate cancer biology. He has authored over 300 scientific papers and reviews, and co-authored two books. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry and psychology, as well as his M.D., at Stanford University. He served his internship and residency at Washington University's Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, followed by an oncology fellowship at Stanford. From 1982 to 1987 he was at the University of California, San Francisco, at the G.W. Hooper Foundation.
John is currently an Operating Partner for Beecken, Petty, O’Keefe and Company, a healthcare-focused investment firm. Previously, he was President and CEO of Amerigen Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., a generic pharmaceutical company and contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) based in the US and China.
Prior to Amerigen, John was CEO of Catalent Pharma Solutions, a leading provider of contract development, manufacturing, packaging and drug delivery technologies to pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers globally. John had been Group President of Pharmaceutical Technologies and Services at Cardinal Health, the predecessor company of Catalent. Previously, at Becton Dickinson (BD), John had two key roles. He was president of the Worldwide Diabetes Healthcare/Consumer Healthcare business and had joined BD as Vice President of BD Medical Systems Worldwide R&D.
John spent his early career at GE. At GE Medical Systems (now GE Healthcare), he was General Manager of Computed Tomography (CT) Engineering. He began his career at GE Aerospace in the satellite business, where he had roles in satellite design, flight and launch operations, program management and business leadership. John received a BS in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.
Neal Milch is Executive Chairman of the Board of Laundrylux, a North American supplier of commercial laundry equipment, laundry business solutions, and marketing services. He previously served as CEO of Laundrylux from 2007 until moving into the Executive Chairman role in 2018. Mr. Milch has also led several related businesses, including Pluslux LLC, a digital payments solution provider, which he founded. He served as the vice president of Global Marketing at Electrolux, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, before returning to Laundrylux in 2006. Mr. Milch is also a co-founder of Cbite, which focuses on thin film transistor (TFT) technology to enable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display panels.
Mr. Milch holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, with a focus on intellectual property; a B.A. from Stanford University; and also attended the London School of Economics.
George Montgomery was most recently a Partner at Gurnet Point Capital, a healthcare investment fund, where he headed the firm’s San Francisco office until 2019. Prior to joining Gurnet Point, George was a co-founder of Coherus Biosciences, a late stage biotechnology company focused on biosimilars. After helping start the company in early 2011, he served as the CFO, a member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Product Development Steering Committee. Prior to Coherus, George had over 25 years of experience in investment banking and worked across most sectors of the health care industry, including pharma/biotech, medical devices and services/health care information technology. George served as a Managing Director at Cowen and later JPMorgan H&Q. Prior to Cowen, he served as a Vice President at CSFB.
Mr. Montgomery received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Board at REDF, a California-based non-profit, and the Yale Cancer Center Advisory Board. George also serves on the Board of the Yale Crew Association and is the current Treasurer.
Frank Moss, Director of Humatics, Inc., and AirLifting, Inc., is an entrepreneur and veteran of the software and computer industries who has spent his career building companies and bringing innovative technologies to market. His interest in using technology to address pressing social issues—such as human health—and to improve quality of life led him to co-found a cancer drug discovery company, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, and from there to the MIT Media Lab, where he served as director from 2006 – 2011 and where today he is Professor of the Practice and head of the New Media Medicine Group.
Dr. Moss began his career at IBM's scientific center in Haifa, Israel, where he also taught at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He later held various research and management positions at IBM's Yorktown Heights (NY) Research Center, working on advanced development projects in the areas of networking and distributed computing. He went on to hold management positions at IBM, Apollo Computer, and Lotus Development Corporation, and was CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems, which he took public in 1995 and merged with IBM a year later. He is a co-founder of many companies, including Stellar Computer, Bowstreet, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, and his latest start-up venture, Bluefin Labs. He is also an enthusiastic advisor to other young companies that share his vision of vastly better living through technology.
A former trustee of Princeton University, Dr. Moss is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In addition, he chaired the advisory council for the creation of the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School, where he remains an advisor. He earned his undergraduate degree, a bachelor of science in engineering, from Princeton and holds a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.
Dr. Dennis Paustenbach is President Emeritus of Cardno ChemRisk, a division of Cardno specializing in human and ecological risk assessment, as well as risk analysis of chemical and radionuclides in consumer products, contaminated sites, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He is a board-certified toxicologist and industrial hygienist with nearly 30 years of experience in risk assessment, environmental engineering, ecotoxicology, and occupational health.
In 1985, Dr. Paustenbach founded ChemRisk as a joint venture with McLaren-Hart, a nationwide consulting firm, and later became President and Chief Executive Officer of McLaren-Hart Environmental. In 1997, he joined Exponent as Vice President responsible for leading the Health Sciences division. In 2003, he restarted ChemRisk as a separate enterprise that later merged with Cardno.
Dr. Paustenbach earned his Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Purdue University, an M.S. in counseling psychology from Indiana State University, an M.S. in industrial hygiene and toxicology from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Jenny Rooke, Ph.D., is the founder and managing director of Genoa Ventures, a San Francisco-based life sciences venture firm. For over a decade, Dr. Rooke has been deploying capital at the frontiers of life sciences innovation, with a penchant for technology-fueled solutions and category-defying opportunities. She got her start in venture investing at Fidelity Biosciences, a Cambridge-based healthcare venture capital firm. Dr. Rooke then brought her combination of genetics domain expertise, strategic business acumen, and venture investing to the Gates Foundation, where she deployed and managed over $250M in funding in genetic engineering, diagnostics, and synthetic biology. She also played a key role in establishing the foundation’s investing function.
In 2014, Dr. Rooke launched 5 Prime Ventures, investing in life sciences innovation. She founded Genoa Ventures in 2018, building on the 5 Prime Ventures track record, in order to scale a proven, differentiated investing strategy focused on early-stage life sciences companies innovating at the intersection of biology, technology and data science.
Dr. Rooke earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from Yale University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. She received her B.S. in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1992.
John Schimenti is the James Law Professor of Genetics at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, with appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Molecular Biology & Genetics. He currently serves as Chair of The Jackson Laboratory’s Board of Scientific Counselors, the Laboratory’s external scientific advisory board.
Dr. Schimenti received a B.A. from Rutgers College with majors in English and Biological Sciences in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton studying mouse genetics, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University in 1987. In 1992, he moved to The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he was a Senior Staff Scientist before relocating to Cornell in 2004. There, he founded Cornell’s Center for Vertebrate Genomics, and served as its Director until 2019.
Dr. Schimenti has served as a standing member of the Eukaryotic Genetics review panel at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Mammalian Genetics study section at NIH, the Secretariat of the International Mammalian Genome Society, the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America, and the GCAT (Genome, Computation and Technology) study section at NIH. Recognitions include the Searle Scholars Award, the March of Dimes Basil O'Connor award, Presidential Young Investigator of the NSF, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the SUNY Chancellor Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Much of his research has concerned the genetics of cancer, genome maintenance and reproduction.
Geoffrey W. Smith is the founder and Managing Partner of Digitalis Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in fundamental new ideas in math and science to address complex health problems. He is also a co-founder and General Partner of Ascent Biomedical Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage life sciences investments.
A member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Geoff is a Visiting Scholar at Rockefeller University and an adjunct faculty member at the RU Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Previously, he was the founding Director of the Mount Sinai Institute of Technology and a Professor in the Department of Population Health Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Geoff received a B.A. (with honors) from Williams College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Dr. Joan A. Steitz is Sterling Professor of Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. One of leading scientists in her field, Professor Steitz is best known for her pioneering work in RNA. She and her student Michael Lerner discovered and defined the function of small ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) in pre-messenger RNA—the earliest product of DNA transcription—and she was the first to learn that these cellular complexes (snRNPs) play a key role in processing messenger RNA by excising noncoding regions and splicing together the resulting segments. Her breakthroughs into the previously mysterious splicing process have clarified the science behind the formation of proteins and other biological processes, including the intricate changes that occur as the immune system and brain develop.
Dr. Steitz earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University and her undergraduate degree from Antioch College. After completing postdoctoral work in Cambridge, England, she joined the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale as an assistant professor and later became an associate and full professor, as well as chair of the department.
Dr. Steitz is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Gairdner Foundation International Award, the Rosalind E. Franklin Award for Women in Science, and the National Medal of Science. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Guardian Life
Sandra (Sandy) Waite has almost 20 years of professional experience in communications and public relations at the global, regional, and local level. She is accomplished at managing large, complex integrated communication initiatives from concept to completion.
Sandy is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Guardian Life, a mutual insurance company serving 29 million people through a range of insurance and financial products. She is responsible for the development and execution of communications strategy for the company. She serves as communications advisor to the CEO and President of Guardian and partners with the executive leadership team across group benefits, individual markets, enterprise business technology solutions, legal, finance and investments, and human resources. Sandy leads a team of cross-functional communications who drive all aspects of internal and external communications, including issues and crisis management, reputation and thought leadership, local and national media relations, corporate social responsibility, and meetings and events.
Prior to joining Guardian, Sandy served as Vice President of CEO & Enterprise Communications, supporting Karen S. Lynch (CEO of CVS Health). She was responsible for the CEO’s internal and external executive thought leadership as well as communications for Enterprise initiatives such as culture, digital transformation, and innovation. From January through April 2020, Sandy served as Interim Chief Communications Officer for CVS Health, leading the company’s COVID-19 Communications strategy. She led the Communications function and managed the Enterprise Communications strategy for all stakeholder groups.
Sandy joined CVS Health from Novartis where she spent eight years in various roles in the pharmaceutical and medical device/eye care divisions. Her final role at Novartis was as Global Head of Communications for Drug Development where she acted as communications counsel to Novartis' Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and current CEO Vas Narasimhan.
Sandy spent her early career as an attorney practicing employment law. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Spelman College and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law
As Chief Executive Officer and President of the Church Pension Group (CPG), Mary Kate Wold leads a $13 billion financial services enterprise that provides retirement, health, life insurance, property and casualty insurance, and other products and services to the Episcopal Church. She also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Church Pension Fund, CPG’s governing body.
Mary Kate has served in a variety of leadership positions in the corporate, legal, and government sectors. Prior to joining CPG, she was a senior finance executive and principal corporate officer of Wyeth, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Previously, she was a partner and chaired the tax practice group of Shearman & Sterling, a leading global law firm. Earlier in her career, she served in the Office of Tax Policy of the United States Department of the Treasury.
Mary Kate chairs the board of the Church Benefits Association, a national association of faith-based benefits organizations, and she serves on the vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street and on its investment committee. She is a former director and Chair of a publicly traded medical device company. Her professional affiliations include membership in the Women’s Forum of New York and Women Corporate Directors.
Mary Kate spent her childhood in Bottineau, North Dakota, a small rural community on the Canadian border. She graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Theater, and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She later graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
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