Speaker Profile

CEO, VastBiome

Kareem's background is in Strategy & Operations and Sales & Marketing. Kareem was an early employee at a fast-growing tech startup, Wildfire Interactive, that Google acquired for $450M. He spent 5 years at Google leading the data integrity of Google’s advertising business which oversaw 1000s of sales reps globally and billions of dollars in revenue. He was part of the core product team to launch an online education portal to millions of users globally. He also supported the Google X team seeking novel moonshot technologies to translate to commercial products. He was recognized as one of the top sales reps globally for the New Business Sales team. In 2017, Kareem left his corporate career to participate in a health innovation Fellowship at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute in Houston, Texas, where VastBiome was born.

The Next Wave of Natural Product Medicines
The gut has been associated with various health related outcomes. Yet how these natural medicines interact with the human immune system is unknown. VastBiome is mapping out the gut-immune axis to translate the small molecules into starting points for therapeutic discovery.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

  • Beyond the Human Genome & non-profit Phenome Health
    - Lee Hood, Providence Health
  • UC Precision Medicine Programs: Achievements and Challenges
    Session Chair: India Hook-Barnard, EBRC
    - Keith Yamamoto, UCSF
    - Clara Lajonchere, UCLA
    - Frederick J Meyers, UC Davis Health
  • T2T: Long-Read Sequencing Unlocks The Final Gaps In The Human Genome
    - Karen Miga, UCSC
  • Ultra-rapid Nanopore Genome Sequencing in a Critical Care Setting
    - John E. Gorzynski, Stanford
  • Precision Approaches to Chronic Disease (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Jennifer Lovejoy, Calibrate
    - Noel Mueller, Johns Hopkins
    - Lee Hood, Providence Health
    - Megan Ruth Mahoney, Stanford
  • DNA-based Weight Loss Interventions: What Have We Learned? (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Jennifer Lovejoy, Calibrate
    - Lu Qi, Tulane University
    - Christopher Gardner, Stanford
  • Advances in Digital Health, Diabetes and Obesity Management (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Mike Snyder, Stanford
    - Jessilyn Dunn, Duke University
    - Jonathan Long, Stanford
    - James Galagan, Boston University
  • Illumina Accelerator Innovation
    Session Chair: Amanda Cashin, Illumina Accelerator
    - Trevor Levin, Convergent Genomics
    - Rhidi Tariyal, NextGen Jane
    - Kareem Barghouti, VastBiome
  • PMWC Showcase
    - Jarret Glasscock, Cofactor Genomics
    - David Hanna, Thermo Fisher