Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., Professor and Director, Institute for Precision Medicine, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC

Biography
Dr. Adrian Lee is the Pittsburgh Foundation Chair and Director of the Institute for Precision Medicine (IPM), a joint effort by UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh to move biomedical research into personalized well-being and clinical care. He is also Professor of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology and Human Genetics at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Dr. Lee received B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in England, and came to San Antonio, Texas for his postdoctoral studies. He was subsequently recruited to Baylor College of Medicine and to the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. The goal of Dr. Lee’s research laboratory is to translate basic cell and molecular research findings into the understanding and treatment of breast cancer. Dr Lee has published over 180 peer reviewed research articles. His laboratory is supported by funding from the NIH, Department of Defense, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and other sources.


 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley


As targeted therapies have opened up precision medicine approaches to cancer treatment, oncologists and patients are increasingly moving to liquid biopsy as a front-line diagnostic approach to detection of actionable mutations to enable faster treatment decisions. Mutation detection in ctDNA has been shown to highly correlate to tissue biopsy for making treatment decisions, faster results and has the additional advantage of simplified specimen collection. Liquid biopsy represents an emerging paradigm shift in oncology practice and this session will discuss its promise and challenges from the Pharma, biotech and medical affairs perspectives.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley


  • Hope or Hype? The Role of ML in Drug Discovery and Development (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Ansuman Satpathy, Stanford University
    - Marcel Hop, Genentech
    - Noam Solomon, ImmunAI
    - Stacie Calad-Thomson, BioSymetrics
  • Advancing Research and Drug Discovery with UK Biobank
    Session Chair: Asha Collins, DNAnexus
    - Mark Effingham, UK Biobank
  • AI in Small Molecule Design and Screening (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Alex Zhavoronkov, Insilico Medicine
    - Jim Edwards, Janssen
    - Najat Khan, Johnson & Johnson
    - Martin Emanuel Bittner, Arctoris
  • AI/ML in Clinical Trial Design, Patient Selection and Prediction of Outcomes (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Peter Lipsky, Ampel Bio
    - Mika Newton, xCures, Inc.
    - Mark Smith, MedStar Health
    - William Oh, Sema4
  • Emerging Data-driven Clinical Trials
    Session Chair: Adrian Lee, UPMC
    - Laura Esserman, UCSF
    - Derek Angus, UPMC
  • Generating Novel Insights through AI and Multimodal Analysis
    - Philippe Menu, SOPHiA GENETICS
  • Treating Genetics as Data: Computable, Structured Results for Precision Medicine
    - Peter DeVault, Epic
  • PMWC 2022 Showcase
    - Kevin Cho, Envisagenics, Inc.
    - Poojitha Ojamies, Novartis