Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., Manager, Biobanks, DNAnexus

Dr. Collins has spent the past 20 years as a biologist, strategist, and operational leader focused on transforming and scaling biopharma and healthcare companies. Previously, she was the Head of U.S. Clinical Operations at Genentech, where she was responsible for executing in-sourced, late-stage, pivotal clinical trials for the entire Genentech / Roche product portfolio. Prior to that, Dr. Collins was Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. Clinical Trial Sourcing business at McKesson Corporation and worked as a senior executive focused on life sciences strategy and operations for Fortune 500 companies at Deloitte and Quintiles Consulting. Dr. Collins is also an Aspen Institute Health Innovator Fellow, an independent Corporate Director for IDEXX Laboratories, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, and a mentor for Backstage Capital. She also worked on The Cancer Genome Atlas project (TCGA), where she focused on managing stakeholder and public communications, as well as the integration of business requirements for the first public database. Dr. Collins earned her PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.

 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