Keynote Speakers 

Tuesday February 21

8:00-9:40am Positive Exposure: Celebrating the Beauty of Genetic Diversity

Rick GuidottiRick Guidotti, Director, Positive Exposure

Rick, an award-winning fashion photographer, is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization working with individuals living with a genetic difference. Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights. Rick’s photo and video presentation explores the social and psychological experiences of people living with genetic, physical and behavioral conditions of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages. His presentation provides new opportunities to see individuals living with a genetic difference first and foremost as a human being with his/her own challenges rather than as a specific diagnosis/disease entity.


Wednesday February 22

10:10-11:00am Overcoming Adversity When Life Throws Curve Balls

Dave DraveckyDave Dravecky, Former Pitcher, San Francisco Giants and Cancer Survivor

Dave Dravecky was an outstanding major league baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants when life threw him a curve ball. At the height of his pitching career, he was diagnosed with cancer, a desmoid tumor, in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. In 1989, Dave recovered and briefly returned to Major League ball. Soon after, cancer claimed his pitching arm and shoulder. Both were amputated. His presentation shares the struggles he and his wife Jan experienced as they dealt with cancer, years of surgery and radiation, and how the power of cancer reshaped their lives.

2:30-3:50pm Plenary Keynote Panel: Emerging Technologies & Industry Perspectives

As a change-up to our usual keynote program, we're offering a session that will feature a series of presentations on emerging and hot technologies in diagnostics, drug discovery & development, informatics, and oncology. Interactive Q&A discussion with the audience will be included
Harry Glorikian, Founder & Managing Partner, Scientia Advisors LLC
Jeremy Bridge-Cook, Sr. VP of Assay Research and Development, Luminex Corporation
Gary Kennedy, Chairman and CEO, Remedy MD
Richard Lawn, Ph.D., Executive Director, Translational Medicine, SomaLogic

Jeffrey T. Yap, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Senior Diagnostics Physicist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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