Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., VP, Head of Diagnostics, Pfizer

Biography
Dr. Sakul led implementation of Pfizer’s diagnostics strategy and currently directs its Diagnostics programs. Under his leadership, FDA approvals were achieved for 7 CDx tests accompanying Pfizer oncology drugs to markets. Hakan serves on the Boards of Progentec Diagnostics and BASH Biotech, and a member of California Governor Newsom’s Precision Medicine Advisory Council. Hakan received his BS and MSc degrees from Ankara University in Turkey, PhD in Quantitative Genetics from the University of Minnesota as a Rotary Foundation Scholar, and conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of California-Davis. He worked in biotech in human genetics and statistical genetics early in his career before moving to pharma. He is the author of over 30 refereed scientific articles as well as many other papers and abstracts. Hakan is keenly interested in molecular diagnostics, liquid biopsy, near-patient testing and related medical technologies to advance Precision Medicine for the improvement of individualized healthcare.


 Session Abstract – PMWC 2023 Silicon Valley

Track 3 - January 25 9.00 A.M.-4.30 P.M.


Track Chair: Hakan Sakul, Pfizer

  • PMWC Award Ceremony:
    Honoree: Todd Golub, Broad Institute
  • Fireside Chat: Precision Medicine: Past, Present and Future
    - Todd Golub, Broad Institute
    - Hakan Sakul, Pfizer
  • Challenges in Providing Global Access to Precision Health (PANEL)
    Chair: Mike Pellini, Section32
    - Peter Kuhn, USC
    - Steven Rosen,
    - Sarah Hersey, BMS
    - Ed Abrahams, PMC
  • Regulatory and Reimbursement Challenges for Precision Medicines (PANEL)
    Chair: Cynthia Bens, PMC
    - Robert Dumanois, ThermoFisher
    - Kaska Kowanetz, Pfizer
    - Sarah Hersey, BMS
    - Elaine Katrivanos, Tempus
    - Elizabeth Mansfield, Foundation Medicine
  • Early Cancer Detection 360 Degree View
    Chair: Christian Wolfrum, Siemens Healthineers
    - Christian Eusemann, Siemens Healthineers
  • Novel Clinical Trial Designs (PANEL)
    Chair: Razelle Kurzrock, Medical College of Wisconsin
    - Jim Palma, Target Cancer Foundation
    - Corrie Painter, TBA
  • Expanding Precision Medicine into Non-Traditional Settings
    - Ed Kim, City of Hope
  • Equity in Delivery of Precision Cancer Care through Community-Academic Partnerships
    - Manali Patel, Stanford
  • Challanges in Genomic Profiling of Pediatric Cancers
    - Andrew Kung, MSK
    - Christina Curtis, Stanford
  • PMWC NCI Showcase
    - Solomon Diamond, Lodestone
    - Jennifer Smith, PreCyte