Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Senior Director, Inflammation Biology at Gilead Sciences

Ethan Grant joined Gilead Sciences in 2016 and currently leads efforts to implement biomarker analysis strategies in inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune disease clinical trials. In addition, he leads a cross-functional team within the company exploring the influence of the gut microbiome on therapeutic responses. Prior to Gilead, Ethan provided biomarker expertise for clinical studies in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory diseases at MedImmune/AstraZeneca and held various positions in early drug development at Schering-Plough and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Ethan obtained his PhD in Immunology at Harvard University and his BA in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

Understanding mechanism of action and translating microbiome science into commercially viable therapeutics remains the biggest challenge in this emerging field. With that said, pharma and biotech across many different therapeutic indications and modalities are united in this global effort to bring novel microbiome-based therapies and diagnostics into the clinical domain. This session will include some of the most impactful and promising areas of the Microbiome field and panel discussions on the challenges for faster adoption.


Microbiome and Cancer
Jennifer Wargo, MD Anderon
Sandrine Miller-Montgomery, UCSD

The Gut/Brain Microbiome
Mary Conrad, Axial Biotherapeutics
Chris Reyes, Bloom Science
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Arizona State University

The Role of the Human Gut Microbiome on Various Diseases
Colleen Cutcliffe, Pendulum Therapeutics
Tor Savidge, Baylor College of Medicine
Nikole Kimes, Siolta Therapeutics

Pharma Drug Development
Karim Dabbagh, Second Genome
Ethan Grant, Gilead

Direct-To-Consumer Testing/Technologies
Kiran Krishnan, Microbiome Labs
Nathan Price, Onegevity

Regulatory Perspective
Scott Jackson, NIST

Investment Perspective