Scottsdale Cure Corridor - Insights from Mayor Jim Lane of Scottsdale
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane introduces the Cure Corridor. (Introduction by Tom Sadvary, President and CEO,of Scottsdale Healthcare.)
IGC- Partnerships for Success
Robert Penny, MD, PhD, - Founder and CEOParadigm and International Genomics Consortium (IGC)
Dr. Robert Penny is Founder and CEO of Paradigm, a cutting-edge advanced diagnostics company that will help usher in the age of personalized medicine. Dr. Penny drove the vision and launch of the company, along with Dr. Jay Hess to provide improved cancer treatments based on an individual’s cancer’s unique biology. This is his sixth start up company; the previous five are all successful in the practice of medicine and financially.
Dr. Penny is also the Co-founder and CEO of the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) in Phoenix, Arizona. He created and drove the success of IGC’s national Expression Project for Oncology (expO). Dr. Penny was awarded the Principal Investigator for the Biospecimen Core Resource (BCR) for the founding Pilot Project and the full project for The Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA) and a separate award for TCGA’s founding Tissue Source Site network. He helped create the vision of TCGA through his expO work and helped lead the practice of Oncology to utilize molecular pathways and the drugs that work on those pathways. While at the IGC, he envisioned and founded the Molecular Profiling Institute and served as its CEO and Chairman of the Board. The Molecular Profiling Institute is the first company to commercially introduce gene expression analysis into oncology in the U.S. He developed the successful commercially available test Target Now.
The College of American Pathologists awarded Dr. Penny the national organization’s 2012 Distinguished Patient Care Award for his extensive scientific translational research to accelerate the adoption of molecular pathways and associated therapies. In 2011, the AZ BioIndustry Association honored Dr. Penny with the Jon W. McGarity Leadership Award for his vision in advancing cancer personalized medicine and success in leading the industry. Dr. Penny received his B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (Genetics) and M.D. from the University of Arizona and then went on to receive his pathology training at Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
Growing Arizona's Clinical Trials Base
Growing Arizona’s Clinical Trials Base (Panel)
- Nazneen Aziz, PhD - Moderator (Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President, Phoenix Children's Hospital)
- Cheri Prather - Associate Director Business Development at Quintiles
- Joan Rankin Shapiro, PhD (Vice Dean, UA College of Medicine Phoenix)
- Joan Koerber-Walker (AZBio)
Clinical Trials in Arizona - NuvOx
NuvOx Pharma is a biotechnology company based in Tucson, Arizona with a novel patent portfolio allowing it to develop an innovative platform of dodecafluoropentane (DDFP)-based oxygen therapeutics to treat a host of human conditions. Founded in 2008, NuvOx Pharma has demonstrated therapeutic feasibility in radiation-resistant cancer, hemorrhagic shock, traumatic brain injury, myocardial infarction, retinopathy and stroke. Due to inherent structure of DDFP, a very stable and relative lack of inter-molecular attractive forces, this perfluorocarbon is known to carry large payloads of oxygen in the bloodstream. The main advantage to using DDFP is that it is a liquid at room temperature, but expands to the gas state in the body. Therefore, upon intravenous injection the transition of DDFP from a liquid to a gas in the bloodstream allows for ~600 times increased oxygen transport compared to Hemoglobin.
Learn more at NuvOxPharma.com
Convergence and Personalized Medicine
Greg Yap is Senior Vice President and Lifecycle Leader for
Advanced Staining Assays at Ventana Medical Systems.
In this role, Greg is responsible for Ventana’s 450 million dollar cancer diagnostic testing business. Ventana’s tests are the market leaders and are used to help guide treatment for over 6 million cancer patients each year worldwide. Previously, Greg was Chief Operating Officer at Cellective Dx, a circulating tumor cell company, and held multiple senior operating roles at Affymetrix.