Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Helix

Biography
Dr. Asabere is a founding member of the Helix Business Development team and has worked across the different products and services Helix has offered over the last 6 years. He currently leads efforts to establish strategic partnerships with health systems and payer groups across the nation to implement large-scale population genomics programs. Prior to joining Helix, he was a healthcare market access consultant helping clients develop payer reimbursement strategies. Dr. Asabere was previously in academia as a visiting researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine's Genetics Department where he studied biological differences between primates using omics technologies. He has a B.A. with honors in Biology from Knox College, and a Ph.D. and an MSc degree from Yale University.

Talk
Reducing Residual Clinical Risk in Diverse Populations


 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley


Track Chairs:
Philip Empey, UPitt
Mary V. Relling, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Stuart Scott, Stanford

Pharmacists have long recognized that using unique patient characteristics to guide pharmacotherapy decision-making can improve drug response and mitigate drug-associated risks. Age, weight, and dietary habits were among the first patient-specific characteristics used to individualize pharmacotherapy. As technologies advanced, analytic tools that measure surrogate markers of liver and renal function, together with drug concentrations in biological fluids, were adopted to optimize therapeutic regimens. Cutting-edge genomic technologies are now being integrated into patient care for the selection of targeted therapies and identification of those at increased risk of poor pharmacotherapy outcomes. We’re excited to bring together experts who are advancing pharmacogenomics at scale through cutting edge clinical implementation, research, and education.

  • Keynote: The Future Of PGx
    - Julie Johnson, University of Florida
  • PGx Research and Discovery
    - Estenab Burchard, UCSF
    - William Evans, St. Jude's
    - Jose Estabil, Cipherome
    - James Coons, UPMC
    - Todd Skaar, Indiana University
  • Innovative Industry Solutions
    - Jeffrey A. Shaman, Coriell Life Sciences
    - Akwasi Asabere, Helix
    - Gillian Bell, Genome Medical
    - Cindy Kosinski, 23andme
  • Key Resources for PGx
    - Kelly E. Caudle, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    - Michelle Whirl-Carillo, Stanford
  • Clinical Laboratory PGx Considerations
    - Ulrich Broeckel, MCW
    - Stuart Scott, Stanford
    - Victoria Pratt, Indiana University
  • Lessons from Frontline PGx Clinical Services
    - Mark H. Dunnenberger, Northshore University HealthSystem
    - Lucas Berenbrok, UPitt
    - Sony Tuteja, UPenn
    - Burns Blaxall, The Christ Hospital Health Network
  • Translational PGx Implementation Programs
    - Philip Empey, UPitt
    - Julie A. Johnson, Uinversity of Florida
    - Mary V. Relling, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    - Laura Ramsey, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
    - Nita A. Limdi, UAB