Speaker Profile

Ph.D., EVP, Chief Scientific Officer, Seres Therapeutics

Matthew Henn has over 20 years of combined research experience in microbial ecology, genomics and bioinformatics that spans both environmental and human disease applications. He has been involved in the discovery and clinical development of multiple microbiome therapeutics including all of Seres’ product candidates and has authored over 65 peer-reviewed publications. His research has focused on microbial physiology and the functional role of microbes in both environmental and human disease applications, and on the development of genomic and functional tools to study microbial systems. Prior to helping launch Seres in 2012, he was the Director of Viral Genomics and Assistant Director of the Genome Sequencing Center for Infectious Diseases at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He has served on various NIH working groups on antimicrobial resistance and microbiome research, as a scientific advisor for NIH’s Viral Pathogen Bioinformatics Resource Center, and as an ad-hoc reviewer and editor of various peer-reviewed journals. He currently serves on the scientific advisory board of Growcentia, Inc., an agricultural microbiome company.

 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
Sarkis Mazmanian, Caltech

Pharma Drug Development
Karim Dabbagh, Second Genome
Ethan Grant, Gilead
Matthew Henn, Seres

Direct-To-Consumer Testing/Technologies
Kiran Krishnan, Microbiome Labs
Nathan Price, Onegevity
Nicole Scott, Cybele
Emmanuel Hanon, Viome

Regulatory Perspective
Scott Jackson, NIST

Synthetic Biology in Microbiome
Jeff Hasty, UCSD

AI & ML in Microbiome
Kaja Milanowska-Zabel, Ardigen