PMWC 2025 Silicon Valley Luminary & Pioneer Awards:

The PMWC Luminary Award recognizes the recent contributions of prominent figures who have accelerated Precision Medicine into the clinic. The PMWC Luminary honorees are listed below.

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

Honorees: Luminary Award

PMWC 2025 LUMINARY HONOREE, GENE & CELL THERAPY TRACK

PMWC 2025 LUMINARY HONOREE, AI & DATA SCIENCES TRACK

Honorees: Pioneer Award

PMWC 2025 PIONEER HONOREE, INFECTIOUS DISEASES TRACK

Date & Agenda

When:

FEBRUARY 5-7*

Where:

Santa Clara Convention Center

Suggested dress:

Business attire

*The PMWC Award Ceremonies (15 minutes long) will be held at the kick-off of each day of the program according to its track.
All attendees are welcome to take part without an RSVP.

Venue

Santa Clara Convention Center
Exhibition Halls A-D
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

PARKING 1,500 on-site parking spaces in a 3-story adjacent parking garage (directions) on the Santa Clara Convention Center campus shared with the Hyatt Regency and TechMart. Additional overflow parking may be available in surrounding lots based on availability as well as the City of Santa Clara Garage (directions) across the street.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – 5.4 MILES

Take San Jose International Airport’s Guadalupe Pkwy. Exit. Turn left on Guadalupe Pkwy. Follow onto I-101 North. Follow I-101 North roughly three miles and exit at Great America Pkwy. Turn right onto Great America Pkwy. The Silicon Valley Convention Center is located at Great America Pkwy. and Tasman Ave. You can find the Convention Center Parking Garage by exiting at the Hyatt Regency’s 2nd driveway at Bunker Hill Rd.

FROM SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – 31 MILES

Follow San Francisco International Airport’s exit signs to I-101 South towards San Jose. Take I-101 South roughly 30-40 minutes and exit at Great America Pkwy. Turn left at Great America Pkwy. The Convention Center is at Great America Pkwy. and Tasman Ave. You can find the Silicon Valley Convention Center Parking Garage by exiting Great America Pkwy. at the Hyatt Regency’s 2nd driveway at Bunker Hill Rd.

FROM OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT –33.1 MILES

Exit Oakland International Airport and take Hegenberger Rd. to I-880 South towards San Jose. Take I-880 roughly 30-40 minutes to Highway 237 towards Mountain View. Follow Highway 237 to Great America Pkwy. Exit. Turn left on Great America Pkwy. The Convention Center is at Great America Pkwy. and Tasman Ave. You can find the Convention Center Parking Garage by exiting off Great America Pkwy. at the Hyatt Regency’s 2nd driveway at Bunker Hill Rd.

Past Luminary Award Recipients

2024

AmirAli Talasaz

Guardant Health
Transformed the precision oncology field through the development of the advanced non-invasive liquid biopsy
2024

Heidi Rehm

MGH & Broad Inst.
Markedly improved rare disease diagnosis and testing through enhancement of tools and standards for genomics
2024

Janine A. Clayton

NIH
Advanced women's health through promotion of research inclusion and the study of sex differences
2024

Helmy Eltoukhy

Guardant Health
Transformed the precision oncology field through the development of the advanced non-invasive liquid biopsy
2024

Geoffrey Ginsburg

All of Us / NIH
Pioneered innovative diagnostics and collaborative genotyping and phenotyping through national initiatives
2024

Catriona Jamieson

UCSD Health
Advanced innovative patient therapies including the development of the JAK inhibitor, fedratinib
2024

Teri E. Klein

Stanford
Contributions to advancing PM through your leadership in ClinGen, PharmGKB, and CPIC
2024

Suchi Saria

Johns Hopkins
Developed machine learning algorithms that improved critical care
2023

Kelly Caudle

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Advanced the use of pharmacogenetic testing, preemptively, resulting in improvements in medication safety and efficacy for patients
2023

Gad Getz

Broad Inst.
Pioneering widely used tools for analyzing cancer genomes
2022

ALBERT BOURLA

Pfizer
Led a coronavirus vaccine and antiviral drug development in record time
2022

STEPHEN HOGE

Moderna
Oversaw R&D of the first antiviral synthetic mRNA vaccines ever created as well as the one against COVID-19
2022

STEPHEN KINGSMORE

Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine®
Leader in neonatal molecular diagnosis using rapid Whole Genome Sequencing™
2021

ANTHONY S. FAUCI

US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
Relentless crusader against some of humanity’s most virulent medical threats
2021

UGUR SAHIN

BioNTech
Co-developer of one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines
2021

ÖZLEM TÜRECI

BioNTech
Co-developer of one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines
2020

LAURA J VAN’T VEER

UCSF
Leader and visionary entrepreneur in precision genomic diagnostics
2020

PHILIP GREENBERG​

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Discoveries led to adoptive immunotherapy with genetically engineered T cells
2019

FENG ZHANG

Broad Institute
Neurobiologist who led the development of optogenetics and CRISPR
2019

SHARON TERRY

Genetic Alliance Registry and Biobank
Incited the movement to build systems for individuals to access and share health data
2019

CARL JUNE

University of Pennsylvania
Developed CAR-T therapy, the world’s first gene-based cancer therapy
2018

EMMANUELLE CHARPENTIER – Nobel Laureate

Umeå University
Pioneered the CRISPR-CAS9 Genome Editing Technology
2018

JAMES ALLISON – Nobel Laureate

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Pioneered Cancer Immunotherapy Through Discovery of the Immune Checkpoint Blockade
2017

JENNIFER DOUDNA – Nobel Laureate

University of California, Berkeley
Pioneered the Groundbreaking Crispr-Cas9 Genome Editing Technology
2017

EDWARD F. CHANG

University of California
Pioneer in Human Brain Circuit Mapping to Advance Precision Neuropathology
2016

ROGER PERLMUTTER

Merck Research Laboratories
Expedited Development of Groundbreaking Therapies
2016

LAURA ESSERMAN

UCSF
Breast Cancer Treatment Paradigm Shifter
2015

RON DAVIS

Stanford University
Developed R-loop Technique of Electron Microscopy
2014

JAY FLATLEY

Illumina
Established Illumina as the leader in sequence technology
2013

JANET WOODCOCK​

FDA
FDA Director, fast-tracked targeted drugs through FDA approval
2012

BRIAN DRUKER

OHSU
Co-inventor, blockbuster drug, Gleevec
2011

GEORGE CHURCH

Human Genome Project
Contributions to the sequencing of genomes and interpreting such data; In Neuroscience he established a “functional connectome”
2010

LEE HOOD

Providence Health
Inventions included the automated DNA sequencer and a tool for synthesizing DNA
2021

JULIE A. JOHNSON

University of Florida
Early leader in pharmacogenomics discovery research and its clinical implementation
2018

JEFFREY I. GORDON

Washington University in St. Louis
Pioneered the study of gut microbial ecology and evolution and today addresses the global challenges of obesity and undernutrition
2017

FRANCIS S. COLLINS

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Advancing Precision Medicine by Leading Sequencing of the Human Genome and Other Major Government Initiatives
2017

ELAINE R. MARDIS

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Sequencing Technologies Visionary and Leader in Genomics and Cancer Genomics
2017

KEITH R. YAMAMOTO

UCSF
Conception, Implementation and Advocacy for Precision Medicine
2018

SUSAN A. MURPHY

Harvard University
Developing innovative data science methods to improve patient care through mobile health in chronic disease
2018

ERIC TOPOL

Scripps Research Institute
Pioneered genetics and genomics in cardiovascular medicine and led the era of wireless medicine
2018

MARY V. RELLING

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Pioneered and advocate for pharmacogenomic personalized medicine

Past Pioneer Award Recipients

2024

David Page

MIT
Pioneered sex chromosome biology, elucidating the unique properties of Y chromosome and genetic basis of sex differences in health and reproduction
2024

David Sidransky

Johns Hopkins University
Trailblazed the field of early cancer detection through a focus on tumor-shed DNA in bodily fluids; improved patient outcomes through development of the patient-derived xenograft (PDX) model
2024

Andrea Gaedigk

Children’s Mercy Research Institute
Significantly advanced pharmacogenomics through groundbreaking CYP2D6 research and development of the Activity Score to improve clinical predictions for precision therapeutics
2024

Atul Butte

UCSF
Outstanding contributions to precision medicine include analyzing large-scale biomedical data, uncovering novel insights to improve patient care, and impacting the field through research on big data analysis, drug repurposing, biomarker discovery, patient stratification, and data-driven clinical decision support
2024

George Coukos

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Pioneering work in cancer immunotherapy, including the development of adoptive T cell therapies for solid tumors and groundbreaking cancer vaccine trials
2024

Katherine High

Rockefeller University
Impactful contributions to the gene therapy field for her groundbreaking work in developing a gene therapy for hemophilia that has paved the way for the development of other gene therapies and has made a significant impact on the field of precision medicine
2024

Timothy Yu

Boston Children's Hospital
Impactful contributions to Gene Therapy field for his groundbreaking work in developing personalized gene therapies for individuals with rare genetic disorders
2024

Stanley Riddell

Fred Hutchinson
Groundbreaking Work in Cancer Immunotherapy and the Development of T Cell Receptor (TCR) Therapies for Various Cancers
2023

Dan M Roden

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Pioneer in large scale bio-banking, enabling deep exploration of the genetic causes of disease
2023

LEA T. GRINBERG​

UCSF
Developed a new and reliable technique for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and measuring the efficacy of experimental treatments
2023

DANIELA USHIZIMA​

UCSF
Developed a new and reliable technique for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease and measuring the efficacy of experimental treatments
2023

LUIS DIAZ

MSKCC
Assistant in pioneering the application of circulating tumor DNA as a cancer diagnostic and a strategy for monitoring emergence of therapeutic resistance in the blood
2023

Razelle Kurzrock

Medical College of Wisconsin
Pioneering precision medicine clinical trials & studies in the US and around the world, and the use of liquid biopsy to predict immunotherapy
2022

JENNIFER PUCK

UCSF
Developed newborn screening test for severe combined immunodeficiency
2021

KATALIN KARIKÓ​

University of Pennsylvania
Co-developed synthetic mRNA technology enabling the first two FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines
2020

BROOK BYERS

Kleiner Perkins
Enabled precision medicine through the venture backing of companies that entered the field early and through his mentorship of their founders
2019

GEORGE D. YANCOPOULOS

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Developed Foundational Technologies Designed to Invent Groundbreaking Therapies
2018

RONALD LEVY

Stanford University School of Medicine
Pioneered the concept of antibodies being used as personalized anticancer drugs
2018

SIR JOHN BELL​

Oxford University
Leading Genetic and Genomic Research Initiatives that Enable Precision Medicine in the UK and Globally
2018

ALAN ASHWORTH

UCSF
Co-discovered the BRCA2 gene mutation and made discoveries leading to PARP inhibition in breast and other cancers
2017

STEVE QUAKE

Stanford University
Steve Quake has pioneered innovative approaches to biological measurement
2016

IRV WEISSMAN

Stanford School of Medicine
Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine & Cancer Stem Cells
2016

RALPH SNYDERMAN​

Duke University
Widely recognized as “Father of Personalized Medicine”
2015

CRAIG VENTER

J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)
1st Draft Human Gen., 1st Complete Diploid Human Gen., and 1st Synth. Bact. Cell
2015

DENNIS LO

Chinese Uni. of HK
Discovered That An Unborn Fetus Releases Fetal DNA Into Maternal Plasma
2014

YUET WAIN KAN​

UCSF
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
2018

MICHAEL BOEHNKE

University of Michigan
Pioneered large-scale studies identifying genetic risk in diabetes and Bipolar Disorder
2017

KATHY GIUSTI

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
Pioneer in Business Leadership to Advance Life-Saving Therapies and Institutional Collaboration
2017

MARK LEVIN

Third Rock Ventures
Advances Personalized Medicine Through His Business, Science and Policy Acumen
2014

MICHAEL HAYDEN

Teva Pharmaceuticals
Developer, First Predictive Test for Huntington’s Disease
2013

KIM POPOVITS

Genomic Health
Launched both earliest genetically-targeted therapy and molecular diagnostic assay
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