PMWC 2018 Michigan
Luminary & Pioneer Awards

The PMWC Luminary Award recognizes recent contributions of preeminent figures who have accelerated personalized medicine into the clinical marketplace. The PMWC Pioneer Award is given to rare individuals who presaged the advent of personalized medicine when less evolved technology and encouragement from peers existed, but still made major advances in the field.

This year, PMWC 2018 Michigan Luminary Award will be honoring Dr. Eric Topol who pioneered genetics and genomics in cardiovascular medicine and led the era of wireless medicine, and Dr. Susan Murphy for developing innovative data science methods to improve patient care through mobile health in chronic disease. For the Pioneer Award, PMWC 2018 Michigan will be recognizing Dr. Michael Boehnke for pioneering large-scale studies identifying genetic risk in diabetes and Bipolar Disorder.

Date & Agenda

When: June 7, 2018 at 4:00-5:30pm

Agenda: Award Ceremony Agenda

Suggested dress: Cocktail attire



Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
701 Tappan Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-5796

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Parking & Directions

Company Networking Hours And Corporate Presentations
All company presentations will take place in the Ross Building and/or on the lower level and second floor of Blau Hall. All Networking Hours will take place in the Ross Building.

To the Ross Building: If you are planning to park in the Forest Street parking garage, go west on Willard Street, south on E. University, and then west on Hill Street. You will be able to enter the Ross building just west of the Hill Street parking garage entrance.

To Blau Hall: If you are planning to park in the Forest Street parking garage, go west on Willard Street and south on E. University.

Visitor Parking

Visitor parking is available via metered parking on the street or the city of Ann Arbor’s Forest Avenue parking structure, located three blocks east and one block north of Ross. From the parking ramp to Ross: Walk west on Willard until you reach East University. Take a left on East University and proceed 200 yards to the building. You may enter through the East University entrance. No permit is required.

Metered parking is available on the east (East University Street) and west sides (Tappan Street) of the building. Street parking may be available in the student neighborhood south of the building.

Because parking is limited, taxi or shuttle service is recommended.

Taxis from the airport (DTW) to Ann Arbor typically cost $50-$60. AirRide is available for $12 each way with reservation.


From Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is located about 25 miles (40 km) east of Ann Arbor on Interstate-94. When exiting the airport, take the I-94 W Chicago ramp. Continue on I-94 West to the State Street Exit, #177. Turn right (north) onto State Street, then travel about two miles to the intersection of State and Hill streets. Turn right onto Hill Street and proceed to Tappan Street. Turn left onto Tappan.

From North
Take U.S. 23 South to M-14 to the Downtown Ann Arbor/University of Michigan – Main Street Exit. Continue on Main Street south 1 ½ miles to Packard Street. Turn left on Packard, left on Hill Street and proceed to Tappan Street. Turn left.

From Detroit (East) & Chicago (West)
From I-94, take the State Street Exit, #177. Turn right (north) when traveling from Detroit, or left (north) when traveling from Chicago. Travel about two miles to the intersection of State and Hill streets, then turn right onto Hill Street. Proceed to Tappan Street and turn left.

Past Luminary Award Recipients

Emmanuelle Charpentier


Pioneered the CRISPR-CAS9 Genome Editing Technology

Jennifer Doudna


Pioneered the Groundbreaking Crispr-Cas9 Genome Editing Technology

Edward F. Chang


Pioneer in Human Brain Circuit Mapping to Advance Precision Neuropathology

Roger Perlmutter


Expedited Development of Groundbreaking Therapies

Laura Esserman


Breast Cancer Treatment Paradigm Shifter

Ron Davis


Developed R-loop Technique of Electron Microscopy

Jay Flatley


Established Illumina as the leader in sequence technology

Janet Woodcock


FDA Director, fast-tracked targeted drugs through FDA approval

Brian Druker


Co-inventor, blockbuster drug, Gleevec

George Church


Contributions to the sequencing of genomes and interpreting such data; In Neuroscience he established a “functional connectome”

Lee Hood


Inventions included the automated DNA sequencer and a tool for synthesizing DNA

Past Pioneer Award Recipients

Ronald Levy


Pioneered the concept of antibodies being used as personalized anticancer drugs

Sir John Bell


Leading Genetic and Genomic Research Initiatives that Enable Precision Medicine in the UK and Globally

Alan Ashworth


Co-discovered the BRCA2 gene mutation and made discoveries leading to PARP inhibition in breast and other cancers

James Allison


Pioneered Cancer Immunotherapy Through Discovery of the Immune Checkpoint Blockade

Steve Quake


Steve Quake has pioneered innovative approaches to biological measurement

Irv Weissman


Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine & Cancer Stem Cells

Ralph Snyderman


Widely recognized as “Father of Personalized Medicine”

Craig Venter


1st Draft Human Gen., 1st Complete Diploid Human Gen., and 1st Synth. Bact. Cell

Dennis Lo


Discovered That An Unborn Fetus Releases Fetal DNA Into Maternal Plasma

Jonathan K.C. Knowles

2015 – UK

Personalized Medicine Leader in both Academia and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Yuet Wain Kan


The first to establish that a single DNA mutation could lead to a human disease, and the first to diagnose a human disease by using DNA

Michael Hayden

2014 – Israel

Developer, First Predictive Test for Huntington’s Disease

Kim Popovits

2013 – Israel

Launched both earliest genetically-targeted therapy and molecular diagnostic assay