Luminary Pioneer Company Competition Current Awardees

PMWC Luminary Award

The PMWC Luminary Award recognizes recent contributions of preeminent figures who have accelerated personalized medicine into the clinic.

Award Recipients: Silicon Valley

Laura J van’t Veer


Leader and visionary entrepreneur in precision genomic diagnostics

Philip Greenberg


Discoveries led to adoptive immunotherapy with genetically engineered T cells

Feng Zhang


Neurobiologist who led the development of optogenetics and CRISPR

Sharon Terry


Incited the movement to build systems for individuals to access and share health data

Carl June


Developed CAR-T therapy, the world’s first gene-based cancer therapy

Emmanuelle Charpentier


Pioneered the CRISPR-CAS9 Genome Editing Technology

James Allison


Pioneered Cancer Immunotherapy Through Discovery of the Immune Checkpoint Blockade

Jennifer Doudna


Pioneered the Groundbreaking Crispr-Cas9 Genome Editing Technology

Edward F. Chang


Pioneer in Human Brain Circuit Mapping to Advance Precision Neuropathology

Roger Perlmutter


Expedited Development of Groundbreaking Therapies

Laura Esserman


Breast Cancer Treatment Paradigm Shifter

Ron Davis


Developed R-loop Technique of Electron Microscopy

Jay Flatley


Established Illumina as the leader in sequence technology

Janet Woodcock


FDA Director, fast-tracked targeted drugs through FDA approval

Brian Druker


Co-inventor, blockbuster drug, Gleevec

George Church


Contributions to the sequencing of genomes and interpreting such data; In Neuroscience he established a “functional connectome”

Lee Hood


Inventions included the automated DNA sequencer and a tool for synthesizing DNA

Award Recipients: Duke

Jeffrey I. Gordon


Pioneered the study of gut microbial ecology and evolution and today addresses the global challenges of obesity and undernutrition

Francis S. Collins


Advancing Precision Medicine by Leading Sequencing of the Human Genome and Other Major Government Initiatives

Elaine R. Mardis


Sequencing Technologies Visionary and Leader in Genomics and Cancer Genomics

Keith R. Yamamoto


Conception, Implementation and Advocacy for Precision Medicine

Award Recipients: Michigan

Mary V. Relling


Pioneer and advocate for pharmacogenomic personalized medicine

Susan A. Murphy


Developing innovative data science methods to improve patient care through mobile health in chronic disease

Eric Topol


Pioneered genetics and genomics in cardiovascular medicine and led the era of wireless medicine

PMWC Pioneer Award

The PMWC Pioneer Award is given to a venerable individual whose foresight and groundbreaking contributions to Precision Medicine propelled the movement in its early years, allowing it to gain momentum to evolve into the standard of care that it is becoming today.

Award Recipients: Silicon Valley

Brook Byers


Enabled precision medicine through the venture backing of companies that entered the field early and through his mentorship of their founders

George D. Yancopoulos


Developed Foundational Technologies Designed to Invent Groundbreaking Therapies

Ronald Levy


Pioneered the concept of antibodies being used as personalized anticancer drugs

Sir John Bell


Leading Genetic and Genomic Research Initiatives that Enable Precision Medicine in the UK and Globally

Alan Ashworth


Co-discovered the BRCA2 gene mutation and made discoveries leading to PARP inhibition in breast and other cancers

Steve Quake


Steve Quake has pioneered innovative approaches to biological measurement

Irv Weissman


Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine & Cancer Stem Cells

Ralph Snyderman


Widely recognized as “Father of Personalized Medicine”

Craig Venter


1st Draft Human Gen., 1st Complete Diploid Human Gen., and 1st Synth. Bact. Cell

Dennis Lo


Discovered That An Unborn Fetus Releases Fetal DNA Into Maternal Plasma

Yuet Wain Kan


The first to establish that a single DNA mutation could lead to a human disease, and the first to diagnose a human disease by using DNA

Award Recipients: Israel

Michael Hayden


Developer, First Predictive Test for Huntington’s Disease

Kim Popovits


Launched both Earliest Genetically-Targeted Therapy and Molecular Diagnostic Assay

Award Recipients: Duke

Kathy Giusti


Pioneer in Business Leadership to Advance Life-Saving Therapies and Institutional Collaboration

Mark Levin


Advances Personalized Medicine Through His Business, Science and Policy Acumen

Award Recipients: Michigan

Michael Boehnke


Pioneered large-scale studies identifying genetic risk in diabetes and Bipolar Disorder

Most Promising Company Award

The PMWC Most Promising Company Competition has accompanied PMWC since 2009 with the goal to assist “rising star” startups in Diagnostics, Therapeutics, and Health Tech to increase their visibility, provide them with a platform to present to a group of leading investors, as well as to potential clients and partners so they can succeed on their path forward.

Abreos Biosciences

Abreos Biosciences is a precision medicine company in San Diego, CA developing laboratory-based and near-patient tests for precision dosing of biologic drugs. Abreos has cultivated a diverse portfolio of Veritope™ tests that allow for direct monitoring of blood concentrations of monoclonal antibody drugs (novel or biosimilar). Website:


Immusoft’s mission is re-program patient cells into miniature drug factories that engraft and survive for decades in the body. Website:

Two Pore Guys

Two Pore Guys

Two Pore Guys created a solid-state nanopore-based diagnostic testing platform that can detect nucleic acids, proteins and other analytes with comparable performance of lab equipment, in a glucometer-style system. Website:

Gritstone Oncology

Gritstone Oncology

Every patient’s tumor is molecularly unique – Gritstone Oncology deploys a proprietary tumor antigen prediction model based upon patient tumor sequencing/mass spectrometry to deliver antigens as personalized therapeutic vaccine alongside checkpoint inhibitors. Website:



HealthMyne is an imaging informatics company dedicated to transforming patient care by enabling image data mining within the clinical workflow. Built on an FDA-cleared diagnostic platform, HealthMyne tools will increase radiologist efficiency by automating both data capture and structured reports. Website:



Insilico Medicine, Inc. is a bioinformatics company located at the Emerging Technology Centers at the Johns Hopkins University Eastern campus in Baltimore. It utilizes advances in genomics, big data analysis and deep learning for in silico drug discovery and drug repurposing for aging and age-related diseases. Website:



AccelDx’s technology enables patients and healthcare providers to perform lab-quality medical diagnostic tests at any time and any place. The patented pScreen™ platform technology employs a single-use blood test the size of a credit card in tandem with a smartphone application to quickly detect disease-specific biomarker levels. Website:



T2 Biosystems is an in vitro diagnostics company that has developed an innovative and proprietary technology platform that is designed to offer a rapid, sensitive and simple alternative to existing diagnostic methodologies. Their new class of clinical diagnostics powered by T2MR is the world’s first direct detection technology that delivers superior sensitivity at unmatched speed to guide more effective clinical decision-making. IPO, Aug. 2014. Website:



ElMindA has developed the BNA™ technology platform, which for the first time allows high resolution visualization and evaluation of the complex neuro-physiological interconnections of the human brain at work, capturing information on the composition, connectivity, synchronization and operation of brain networks. Website:



Horizon Discovery Limited has developed a translational genomics platform and drug discovery toolbox that enables the development of new therapies targeted at the genetic features that drive an individual’s cancer. IPO, March 2014. Website:



QuantaLife provides advanced genetic analysis systems for research. QuantaLife has commercialized the Droplet Digital™ (ddPCR) system, the most accurate genetic analysis platform available today. The system is the first cost-effective, high-resolution platform available for the validation of next-generation sequencing discoveries. With the ddPCR system, researchers can explore complex genetic landscapes in high-definition, discover new disease associations, and define a new category of improved molecular diagnostic tests. Acquired by Bio-Rad, October 2011. Website:



Applied Immune Technologies’ (AIT) core technology platforms encompass the identification and validation of novel MHC-based targets, as well as development of therapeutic Human Recombinant T-Cell Receptor-Like (TCRL) antibodies with the unique ability to bind with these intracellular peptide/MHC complexes with the specificity of cytotoxic T-cell killer cells. Acquired by Adicet Bio, January 2016. Website:



Boston Heart Diagnostics is a heart health management company providing integrated diagnostic and patient management solutions that are advancing cardiovascular disease risk assessment, monitoring and treatment. The Company’s goal is to predict, prevent, manage and reverse cardiovascular disease by improving patient assessment and management. Acquired by Eurofins Scientific, December 2014. Website:


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