Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Chief Science Officer & Head of Therapeutics, 23andMe

Dr. Scheller serves as chief science officer and head of the newly formed therapeutics group at 23andMe. In his role, Dr. Scheller built a dedicated research and development team that will use human genetic data as the starting point for identifying new therapies for both common and rare diseases. Previously, Dr. Scheller served as executive vice president of research and early development at Genentech. Dr. Scheller also served on the faculty of Stanford University as a professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Molecular and Cellular Physiology and was an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Stanford University Medical Center. In 2013, Dr. Scheller received the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for discoveries concerning the molecular machinery and regulatory mechanism that underlie the rapid release of neurotransmitters. Dr. Scheller holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology and Columbia University.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2018 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Building robust databases via which to analyze genomic data and making meaningful associations between genes and diseases will ultimately lead to new drug targets and the ability to help guide the development of new therapeutics. The different presenters in this session will illustrate various ways of new drug design that are based on recent technological advancements and genetic insights.

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