PMWC 2018 Silicon Valley
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 will be honoring Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier with the Luminary Award for spearheading the development of the groundbreaking Crispr-Cas9 genome editing technology, Dr. Dame Sally Davies for establishing and directing the world’s largest national sequencing initiative (Genomics England Ltd) and Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn for discovering the telomere and co-discovering telomerase, then investigating their roles in human health and disease. For the Pioneer Award, Dr. Ronald Levy will be recognized for developing the first FDA-approved antibody for the treatment of cancer (Rituximab). Sir John Bell will receive a Pioneer Award for leading genetic and genomic research initiatives that enable precision medicine in the UK and globally.

Date & Agenda

When: January 21, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm

Suggested dress: Cocktail attire

RSVP AND SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SEND INQUIRIES BY 1/4/18 TO [email protected] TO SEE IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE.

Past Luminary Award Recipients

Jennifer Doudna

2017

Pioneered the Groundbreaking Crispr-Cas9 Genome Editing Technology

Edward F. Chang

2017

Pioneer in Human Brain Circuit Mapping to Advance Precision Neuropathology

Roger Perlmutter

2016

Expedited Development of Groundbreaking Therapies

Laura Esserman

2016

Breast Cancer Treatment Paradigm Shifter

Ron Davis

2015

Developed R-loop Technique of Electron Microscopy

Jay Flatley

2014

Established Illumina as the leader in sequence technology

Janet Woodcock

2013

FDA Director, fast-tracked targeted drugs through FDA approval

Brian Druker

2012

Co-inventor, blockbuster drug, Gleevec

George Church

2011

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

Lee Hood

2010

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

Past Pioneer Award Recipients

James Allison

2017

Pioneered Cancer Immunotherapy Through Discovery of the Immune Checkpoint Blockade

Steve Quake

2017

Steve Quake has pioneered innovative approaches to biological measurement

Irv Weissman

2016

Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine & Cancer Stem Cells

Ralph Snyderman

2016

Widely recognized as “Father of Personalized Medicine”

Craig Venter

2015

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

Dennis Lo

2015

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

2014

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