Dr. Carla Grandori is an internationally recognized physician-scientist who pioneered new technologies to develop the next generation of cancer therapeutics tailored to each individual’s tumor. Dr. Grandori’s entrepreneurial experience and network drove the growth of SEngine Precision Medicine. She has recruited a world-class team including a Nobel Prize Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize-winning oncologist. Dr. Grandori raised seed and Series A funding for SEngine Precision Medicine to enable CLIA certification for SEngine’s high-throughput test, the PARIS® assay, guiding cancer treatment options. This funding enables the development of therapies targeting previously undruggable oncogenes including MYC, KRAS and TP53. The oncology startup is accelerating drug discovery and functional precision medicine to transform cancer care. Dr. Grandori received her MD from the University of Rome and Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University in New York. The majority of her scientific career was at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
Precision medicine has incredible promise for patients. Enormous amounts of money and time are invested in developing technologies and targeted therapies. Genomics, proteomics, phosphorylation assays, RNA expression, organoid growth, and testing, and even delicate mass measurement of liquid cancer cells are explored. This innovation must be focused to maximize the benefit to the most important participants in our healthcare system, the patient. This track is about putting patient needs first, and understanding and accessing the latest (cancer) treatment options.