Dan Rhodes is a scientist and entrepreneur focused on precision medicine in oncology. He co-founded Strata Oncology, a venture-backed precision oncology company committed to acceler-ating the impact of precision medicine for patients with cancer. Previously, Dan was VP of Oncology for Thermo Fisher Scientific (Life Technologies) where he oversaw the development of cancer sequencing products and pharma companion diagnostic partnerships. Prior to that, Dan was co-founder and CEO of Compendia Bioscience, a University of Michigan spin-off formed to commercialize his thesis project, Oncomine, a cancer genome data-mining platform. Dan has co-authored 40+ publications and is a co-inventor on 10 patents, including the discov-ery of gene fusions as a genetic cause of prostate cancer. In 2019, Dan was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midwest region. Dan served on the oversight committee for the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) Program and on multi-ple advisory boards.
Precision medicine is among the key contributors in progressing cancer survivorship. However, biomarker testing, which is critical to enabling precision medicine treatments, is below guideline recommendations due to various factors. The session will discuss these barriers, as well as bringing tangible and sustainable solutions to patients with cancer through collaboration.