Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Gilead Sciences; President-Elect, ASCPT; Adjunct Professor, UCSF

Mark Dresser joined Gilead Sciences in 2020 as SVP, Biomarker Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology, where he oversees R&D efforts spanning biomarkers, diagnostics, clinical translational science, clinical pharmacology, pharmacometrics, and clinical bioanalysis. He has also served as Global Development Leader of Gilead’s 2nd Generation Remdesivir program. Mark was previously SVP and a founding member of the executive team at Denali Therapeutics, where he built numerous technical departments, including DMPK, Toxicology, and CMC. Under his leadership, Denali advanced five compounds into clinical development, and Mark also played a key role in the company’s successful IPO in 2017. He previously held scientific leadership positions at Genentech and Johnson & Johnson. In 2019, Mark received the UCSF Graduate Division Alumnus of the Year Award for his contributions to science and medicine. He completed his education and training at UCSF, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley

The COVID-19 pandemic is driving the unprecedented transformation of the global medical research ecosystem through the search for effective new therapeutics that can help ease symptoms and prevent death among COVID-19 patients.

  • SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak Surveillance (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Charles Chiu, UCSF
    - Bronwyn MacInnis, The Broad Institute
    - Duncan MacCannell, CDC
    - Christopher E. Mason, Weill Cornell Medicine
    - Joel Sevinsky, Theiagen
  • Experiences from the Front Lines of a National Viral Surveillance Organization
    Session Chair: Erin Allday, The San Francisco Chronicle
    - James Lu, Helix
    - Sam Scarpino, Rockefeller Foundation
  • COVID-19 Testing: Who, When, What? The Challenges of Testing During the Pandemic (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Alan Wu, UCSF
    - Gary Pestano, Biodesix
    - John Barnes, CDC
    - Kathleen Jacobson, CA COVID Testing Task Force
  • Updates in COVID-19 Drug Development
    Fireside Chat: Aida Habtezion, Pfizer & Lee Hood, Phenome Health
    - Mark Dresser, Gilead Sciences
    - John Fahy, UCSF
    - Yi Shi, Mount Sinai
  • Evolving SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines
    - Daniela Weiskopf, La Jolla Institute for Immunology
    - Karin Jooss, Gritstone
  • Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions
    - Stacey Adam, FNIH
  • Past, Present, and Future: How will We Manage the Next Pandemic? (PANEL)
    Session Chair: Julianne McCall, California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine
    - Lawrence Corey, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    - Yvonne A Maldonado, Stanford
    - Robert Wachter, UCSF
    - Tomás Aragón, CDPH
  • PMWC Showcase
    - Anne Wyllie, Yale