Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Vice President, R&D Clinical Sequencing Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific

In this role, Dr. Godsey is responsible for driving development of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s next generation of life science, transitional medicine and IVD products, including establishing a best in class companion Dx program as the centerpiece for CSDs Oncology Portfolio. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Product and Technology Development at Roche Tissue Diagnostics/Ventana Diagnostics, where he was responsible for leading the technology strategy, product development and on-market support. In this role, Dr. Godsey, built Ventana’s CDx program supporting Genentech, as well as external pharma partners such as Pfizer. Prior to Roche, Dr. Godsey led R&D Teams at Digene, Veridex, Gen-Probe and Dade-Behring. Dr. Godsey has had the privilege of launching a number of molecular Dx industry firsts, including the first FDA approved auto matched, molecular Dx asseys for blood screening, STD Screening and CTCs. Dr. Godsey also brings general management experience to any new challenge he takes on. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from St. John’s University.


Addressing Immuno-oncology Research Challenges for Predictive Biomarkers
Progress in developing breakthrough immuno-therapy treatments fuels research to identify informative biomarkers. We are investigating multiple approaches to identify biomarkers that may be useful in current development efforts and potentially useful for stratification and/or monitoring in the future. These and other projects aimed at advancing precision genomics will be discussed.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Immunotherapy is considered a game-changer and holds a lot of promise. This session will provide some background on immunotherapy, discuss whether over time immunotherapy will become the standard-of-care for most cancers, what long term cure rates are being achieved, the important role of combination therapy and some of the newer immunotherapy applications and therapies.

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