Speaker Profile

Ph.D., DVM, Global Real World Data Lead, Hematology and Respiratory, Genentech, Inc.

At Genentech, Dr. Spain’s role includes identifying and evaluating new or evolving data sources from routine clinical practice that can inform strategic decisions in Genentech’s development programs. Vic is an epidemiologist and veterinarian by training, having obtained his PhD in Epidemiology from Cornell University, NY, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UC Davis. He has spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, working at GSK and Merck in Health Economics and Outcomes Research. Prior to his work in the pharmaceutical industry, Vic was the Bioterrorism Epidemiologist for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and an animal-welfare researcher at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. When he is not working, Vic is often playing cello with The Oleta Trio or backpacking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his husband and their son.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2023 Silicon Valley

Track 2 - January 26 9.00 A.M.-4.30 P.M.

Track Chair: - Courtney McFall, UCSF
- Ben Rubin, UCSF

Patient-centric data – Real-World Evidence (RWE) and Real-World Data (RWD) - is becoming instrumental in the drug development process and for health care decisions in general. This data is not only informative for the process from discovery to new indications, clinical trial design, and drug development, it also can be of value to monitor post-marketing drug safety and for decision support in clinical practice. As the data becomes a decision driver, science companies and medical organizations are increasingly focused on leveraging RWD and RWE to not only better understand the patient populations using their drugs and the respective outcomes, but also to accelerate clinical decision support. This session will focus on the various aspects of integrating RWE and RWD to support drug development and clinical decision support.


  • Clinical Studies Using RWD (PANEL)
    Chair: Aaron Kamauu, Navidence
    - Liora Schultz, Stanford
    - Sanket Dhurva, UCSF
    - Eze Abosi, Optum Life Sciences
    - Motiur Rahman, FDA
    - Atul Butte, UCSF
  • Beyond the EHR: Acquisition of RWD Types to Enable Precision Medicine (PANEL)
    Chair: Riley Bove, UCSF
    - Anna Berry, Sypase
    - Ashley Brenton, Optum
    - Vasu Chandrasekaran, Ontada
  • Data Linkage, Harmonization, and Quality (PANEL)
    Chair: Vivek Rudrapatna, UCSF
    - Rohit Vashisht, UCSF
    - Adam Asare, QLHC
    - Dan Riskin, Verantos
    - Wanmei Ou, Ontada
    - Mindy DeRouen, UCSF
    - Saurabh Gombar, Atropos Health
  • Using RWE to Uncover and Address Health Disparities (PANEL)
    Chair: Chris Boone, AbbVie
    - Robert Hiatt, UCSF
    - Abasi Ene-Obong, 54gene
    - Nuray Yurt, Novartis Oncology
    - Alice Popejoy, UC Davis Health
    - Vic Spain, Genentech
  • FDA RWD/RWE Draft and Final Guidances
    - Motiur Rahman, FDA
  • Fireside Chat:
    - Vivek Rudrapatna, UCSF
    - Keith Yamamoto, UCSF
    - Hilary Marston, FDA
  • From Real-World Data to Regulatory-Grade Real-World Evidence
    Chair: Sheila Walcoff, Goldbug Strategies
    - Elaine Katrivanos, Tempus
    - Kathy Hibbs, 23andMe