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Steve Ballmer

Co-Founder, Ballmer Group

Steve Ballmer Co-Founder, Ballmer Group

Steve Ballmer is co-founder of Ballmer Group, founder of USAFacts, and chairman of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor. Through philanthropy, impact investing, and civic activism, Ballmer Group strengthens promising and proven approaches that increase economic mobility for children and families in the United States. Steve also leads USAFacts, a not-for-profit initiative organizing government data from over 70 sources to show how the money flows and its impact, to help ground our public debates in fact and equip citizens to hold government accountable.

Steve became Microsoft’s CEO in 2000, having served for 20 years in leadership roles, after starting as the company’s first business manager. During his tenure at Microsoft, the company pioneered personal computing and democratized enterprise computing, growing from a small start-up to a company that today employs more than 110,000 people. With Steve as CEO, Microsoft grew to almost $80 billion in revenue and was the third most profitable company in the United States.

He grew up near Detroit, where his father worked as a manager at Ford Motor Company. Ballmer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Harvard University. He worked for two years at Procter & Gamble Company as an assistant product manager and attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business before joining Microsoft. He lives with his wife, Connie, in the Seattle, Washington area.

Doug Baldwin

Former NFL Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin Former NFL Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin, a self proclaimed nerd and geek, graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a degree in (STS) Science, Technology and Society. After spending 8 years in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks, he retired in 2019. Today, Doug is focused on family, business and his philanthropic work.

Amy Bohutinsky

Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

Amy Bohutinsky Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

Amy Bohutinsky is a venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), focusing on late-stage consumer tech investments. An experienced operator and brand builder, she most recently spent nearly 14 years in leadership roles at Zillow Group, beginning as a founding team member at Zillow in 2005, and serving first as Chief Marketing Officer, then Chief Operating Officer, growing Zillow from unknown startup to a household name. In 2018 she joined Zillow Group’s Board of Directors and stepped away from her operating role.

Today, Amy serves on the boards of Zillow Group (Nasdaq: Z, ZG) and Gap, Inc (NYSE: GPS). She previously served on the boards of HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb in 2019) and Avvo, Inc (acquired by Internet Brands in 2018).  In 2017 and 2018, Amy was named “Most Powerful Woman in Real Estate” on the Swanepoel Power 200 List.

Previously, Amy ran communications for Hotwire.com (acquired by Expedia, Inc in 2003) and began her career as a broadcast journalist, reporting for ABC and NBC affiliates in Virginia and Florida.  Amy lives outside Seattle with her husband, two kids and a dog, and can be found at @amybo and medium.com/@amybohutinsky.

Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

Brad Smith President, Microsoft

Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal officer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artificial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.

Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, first spending three years in Paris leading the legal and corporate affairs team in Europe. In 2002, he was named Microsoft’s general counsel and spent the following decade leading work to resolve the company’s antitrust controversies with governments around the world and companies across the tech sector. This past decade, Smith has spearheaded the company’s work to advance privacy protection for Microsoft customers and the rights of DREAMers and other immigrants, including bringing five lawsuits against the U.S. government on these issues.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Smith was an associate and then partner at the law firm of Covington and Burling, where he is still remembered as the first attorney in the long history of the firm to insist (in 1986) on having a personal computer on his desk as a condition for accepting a job offer. In addition to his work at Microsoft, Smith is active in several civic organizations and in the broader technology industry. He has served on the Netflix board of directors since 2015 and chairs the board of directors of both Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program.

Smith grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, where Green Bay was the big city next door. He attended Princeton University, where he met his wife, Kathy (also a lawyer). He earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School and studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. He can be followed on Twitter @bradsmi and LinkedIn at bradsmi.

Chief Carmen Best

Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department

Chief Carmen Best Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department

Chief Carmen Best assumed the role of Chief of Police of the Seattle Police Department on August 13, 2018.

Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 27 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

Chief Best has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, the FBI National Academy, the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Academy, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University.

Chief Best serves as the Chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee (HCRC) for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and is on the IACP Board of Directors. She is also co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF), and a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA). Additionally, Chief Best is on the Trustee Board for Lakeside School, the Visit Seattle Advisory Board and the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. She is the Leadership Council Chair for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Seattle, and serves on the St. Jude Advisory Council for Seattle.

In 2015, Chief Best received the “Newsmaker of the Year” award from the Seattle Black Press. In 2019, she received the “Vision from the Mountaintop” award from Urban Impact for her commitment to justice and community. She was also awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals for accomplishments in their field and dedicated contributions to society.

Manny Medina

CEO, Outreach

Manny Medina CEO, Outreach

Manny co-founded Outreach in 2014 and now serves as CEO. Prior to Outreach, Manny was employee number three on Amazon’s AWS team, and led the Microsoft mobile division from launch to $50M in annual revenue. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Manny is a model of vulnerable and transparent leadership to his employees, from his heartfelt weekly email to his employees, to the traditional Friday get- together where the whole company shares their highs and lows of the week. He is a proponent of saving the planet by consuming less and purchasing second-hand whenever possible (he might be the only CEO to take the stage at industry events in shirts purchased from Goodwill). Manny grew up in Ecuador and now lives with his wife and three children in Seattle.

Hope Cochran

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Hope Cochran Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Hope was the CFO of King Digital, the creators of Candy Crush.  At King she not only led the company through an IPO and acquisition to Activision, but became a rockstar Candy Crush player. Prior to that she was the CFO of Clearwire through it’s sale to Sprint in 2013 and the founder of her own company, SkillsVillage which she went on to sell to PeopleSoft.

In 2013 Fortune named her to the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming and in 2018 Women’s Inc named her Most Influential Corporate Directors.  She is a lifelong supporter of YoungLife, and has passion for the arts. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Music/Opera from Stanford University.

Hope is currently a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group, as well as on the Board of Hasbro, Inc, MongoDB, Inc and New Relic, Inc.

David Limp

SVP, Amazon Devices and Services

David Limp SVP, Amazon Devices and Services

Currently SVP, Amazon Devices and Services, Dave Limp has been at Amazon since March 2010. He has overall responsibility for development, sales and operational aspects of Amazon devices and the services behind them, including Echo and Alexa, Fire TV, Kindle, and Fire tablets.

Prior to Amazon, Limp served as Venture Partner of Azure Capital Partners for four years. Before Azure, he served as Chief Strategy Officer of Palm, where he was responsible for corporate development, business development and applications. From July 1997 to August 2002, Limp served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Liberate Technologies. Limp started his career at Apple Computer, he held various positions from 1987 to 1996, the last of which was Director of the North and South American PowerBook division.

Limp has B.S. degrees in computer science and mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an M.S. degree in management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Megan Quinn

General Partner, Spark Capital

Megan Quinn General Partner, Spark Capital

Megan Quinn is a General Partner at Spark Capital, focusing on growth investments. She specializes in working with world-changing entrepreneurs to design, build and scale transformative consumer products and companies. Prior to joining Spark in 2015, Megan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where she led a number of the firm’s early-stage and growth consumer investments. Megan joined KPCB from Square, the company revolutionizing payments for buyers and sellers. As Square’s director of products, she led strategy and development of the company’s products across merchant and consumer audiences. Before her tenure at Square, Megan spent seven years at Google where she held various leadership positions in marketing, business development and product management. She oversaw the development and launch of some of the company’s most successful products, including Google Maps. Her team’s work continues to serve as the foundation for Google’s location-based consumer and advertising products. Megan received her degree in Political Science and History from Stanford University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.

Mark D. Okerstrom

President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.

Mark D. Okerstrom President & CEO, Expedia Group, Inc.

Mark D. Okerstrom is President and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) which operates a portfolio of over 200 of the world’s leading online travel sites and related travel services across 75 countries around the globe including Expedia, Hotels.com, Expedia Partner Solutions, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, CheapTickets, ebookers, CarRentals.com, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Wotif, Egencia, HomeAway and trivago.  Okerstrom is a member of the Board of Directors of Expedia Group and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of trivago N.V. (NASDAQ: TRVG).

Prior to his appointment to the position of President and CEO in August 2017, Okerstrom served as Expedia Group’s Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all aspects of finance, corporate strategy, M&A, and Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform Group.  He first joined the company in 2006, and in 2009 he was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development and Strategy where he led Expedia Group’s global M&A activity around the world.  In 2011 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and added all Global Finance functions to his areas of responsibility.  In 2014 he was elevated to the position of EVP of Operations and CFO, adding oversight of Expedia Group’s eCommerce Platform team to his remit.

Prior to joining Expedia Group, Okerstrom was a consultant with Bain & Company in Boston and San Francisco, and worked for UBS Investment Bank in London.  Prior to that, Okerstrom practiced as an attorney with the global law firm of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

Okerstrom earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School and holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of British Columbia.

T.A. McCann

Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs

T.A. McCann Managing Director, Pioneer Square Labs

T.A. McCann, managing director at Pioneer Square Labs, is an entrepreneur, investor, athlete and coach who has had a hand in building companies that have sold to Google and Blackberry. He was founder and CEO of Senosis (acquired by Google), Gist (acquired by Blackberry) and Rival IQ, a leader in marketing analytics.  Previously, he was an EIR at Polaris Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital where he built Vulcan Labs and Providence Health Services, focused on quantified health ideas and investments.  He also held senior roles at Microsoft leading Exchange and the Mobile Services divisions.  In addition to his own startup experience, he is an active angel investor in companies including SkillJar, CreativeLive, Assist, Migo and Vendor Hawk and on the board of Guidant Financial, Volt Athletics, and Splash.org.  He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and active TechStars mentor.  Prior to his startup career, he was a professional sailor having competed in 2 America’s Cups (won one, lost one) and the Whitbread Round the World race. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where he attended on a full swimming scholarship.

Eugenio Pace

Co-Founder & CEO, Auth0

Eugenio Pace Co-Founder & CEO, Auth0

Pace co-founded Auth0 in early 2013 with CTO and “brother-in-arms” Matias Woloski while living 7,000 miles apart. Since then, Pace has played an instrumental role in growing Auth0 into a leading identity management company that is loved by developers and trusted by global enterprises. With more than 7,000 customers spanning 70 countries, and securing 2.5 billion logins per month, Auth0 is a trusted global brand that is relied upon for making identity simple and protecting the data of its customers and their users.

Pace has spent his entire professional career easing the developer journey by creating industry-standard tools, content, and services for cloud-based computing, mobility, and identity. Prior to Auth0, he spent more than a decade at Microsoft, leading product management and engineering teams that provided architecture guidance and services that increased developer joy. He has also co-authored several books on cloud computing and identity management.

Pace holds a master’s degree in computer science and a degree in electrical engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires. He loves traveling and has visited more than 35 countries for business and pleasure. He currently lives in Redmond, Washington with his wife, two sons, and their labrador retriever. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, rowing, riding bikes, spending time with his family, restoring his 1970 Karmann Ghia, writing his blog, and reading history and philosophy.

Dan Lewis

Co-Founder & CEO, Convoy

Dan Lewis Co-Founder & CEO, Convoy

Dan Lewis is co-founder and CEO of Convoy, the leading nationwide trucking network and platform. Before Convoy, Dan served as General Manager of New Shopping Experiences at Amazon, as well as Vice President of Product and Operations at Wavii (acquired by Google), and Group Product Manager at Microsoft. Dan started his career in technology and supply-chain consulting for Oliver Wyman, after studying cognitive science at Yale University.

Dr. Jennifer Adair

Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Adair Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Jennifer Adair is a scientist in Fred Hutch’s clinical research division. Her work focuses on gene therapy, which uses people’s genetic information to design treatments and therapies for various diseases, including cancer and HIV. Her ultimate goal is to make the treatments accessible and affordable worldwide. Her team has developed several technologies including portable gene therapy, which can facilitate manufacture of genetically modified blood stem cells that are as good or better than those manufactured in highly specialized clean rooms, and gold nanoparticles to passively deliver genetic edits to blood cells. Dr. Adair is also a strong advocate for understanding risk versus benefit in the ethical application of these technologies.

Dr. Adair has a B.S. in Chemistry from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University.

Chad Robins

Co-Founder & CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Chad Robins Co-Founder & CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Chad Robins co-founded Adaptive Biotechnologies in September 2009 and has served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors since incorporation. Prior to co-founding Adaptive, Chad held numerous executive-level positions in medical technology, investment and real estate companies. Chad holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Managerial Economics from Cornell University.

Dr. Shannon McWeeney

Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, OHSU

Dr. Shannon McWeeney Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, OHSU

Dr. Shannon McWeeney is a Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Head of the Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She serves as  Associate Director for Computational Biomedicine at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and Director of Translational Bioinformatics for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.   In 2010, she was selected as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the US National Academy of Sciences. Her work is at the intersection of computer science, biostatistics, genetics and medicine to develop approaches to solve research bottlenecks, as well as novel ways to visualize and interpret information, with an emphasis on patient stratification and therapeutic prioritization.  In addition, she has a career-long commitment to data sharing and patient engagement. She served as a member of the Enhanced Data Sharing working group for the NCI Blue Ribbon Panel for White House Moonshot Initiative. Since 2013, she has led the computational and modeling effort for the Beat AML consortium, comprised of 11 academic medical centers and 11 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, focused on new approaches to support precision oncology.

Luke Larson

President, Axon

Luke Larson President, Axon

As President of Axon, Luke is responsible for leading the company’s day-to-day operations and overseeing all aspects of the company. Luke joined Axon in 2008 and has filled a variety of executive and management roles since then, becoming President in April 2015. Prior to joining Axon, Luke served two tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer and was awarded the Bronze star with V for valor on his first tour. Luke graduated from University of Arizona on an NROTC scholarship and has an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Heather Redman

Co-Founder, Flying Fish Partners

Heather Redman Co-Founder, Flying Fish Partners

Heather is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Yesler, Inc., Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (immediate past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, Forterra and as a Regent of the Washington State University.  She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coalition, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate and as a mentor at Techstars. Heather is also very active in local and national policy. Prior to her current roles, Heather was Executive and Senior Vice President at each of Indix, Summit Power, Atom Entertainment, Getty Images and PhotoDisc and General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company. Heather’s law degree is from Stanford and her BA is from Reed.

Kyle Quinn

Senior Vice President & CTO, PACCAR Inc.

Kyle Quinn Senior Vice President & CTO, PACCAR Inc.

KYLE QUINN joined PACCAR in 2005 and is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to this role, Mr. Quinn was PACCAR Senior Vice President and General Manager, Peterbilt Motors, responsible for the Division, as well as PACCAR Engine Company.

Prior to his General Manager role, Mr. Quinn served as Senior Vice President and CIO, responsible for the Information Technology Division, PACCAR Technical Center, Dynacraft and Winch Divisions. Mr. Quinn also held positions as Vice President and CIO and several roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining PACCAR, Mr. Quinn was with Boeing for 19 years in Engineering and Information Technology positions. Mr. Quinn holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from Seattle University. He is married and has two daughters. He enjoys boating, golf and time with his family.

Christie Lagally

Founder & CEO, Rebellyous Foods

Christie Lagally Founder & CEO, Rebellyous Foods

Christie Lagally is the founder and CEO of Rebellyous Foods. Christie is a mechanical engineer with nearly 20 years of engineering experience and the holder of five patents in manufacturing technology. She spent much of her career in the aerospace industry working on commercial airplanes and spacecraft in testing, design, and manufacturing, and she served as the project manager for a $10M R&D effort for the 777X wing manufacturing unit at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  Christie served as a Senior Scientist for the Good Food Institute uncovering the technical barriers in the development of plant-based meat and clean (i.e. cultured) meat. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Organizational Psychology and Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Alex Garden

Chairman & CEO, Zume

Alex Garden Chairman & CEO, Zume

Alex Garden built Zume Inc. with a vision to fix our slow and broken food system. Starting with delivery pizza’s $44B per year industry, Alex founded Zume Pizza in 2015—a testing ground for his food logistics concept that redefined the preparation and delivery of food. While crafting and delivering artisan pizza for the past three years, Zume has built a fleet of patented Food Delivery Vehicles, constructed a robotic commissary kitchen, designed predictive AI, and created a patented pizza pod. Now, Zume has expanded beyond Zume Pizza, helping companies accelerate their food supply chain. Before founding Zume Inc., Alex served as the President of Zynga and General Manager at Microsoft, where he led several teams including Xbox LIVE, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and the Entertainment Advertising business.

Kristine Ashcraft

CEO, YouScript

Kristine Ashcraft CEO, YouScript

Kristine Ashcraft, B.S., MBA is a molecular biologist by training and is CEO and founder of YouScript. She has worked in the precision medicine space since 2000 and was recently named one of the 25 leading voices in precision medicine. Kristine has authored multiple publications on the clinical and economic benefits of pharmacogenomic testing including one lauded as one of the most influential publications at an AMIA meeting. She has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NBC Nightly News and has spoken at SXSW, ASHG, and numerous precision medicine conferences. She is committed to being a catalyst in the adoption of precision medicine.

Matthew Trunnell

Vice President & Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Matthew Trunnell Vice President & Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

As Fred Hutch’s first chief data officer, Matthew Trunnell works to enhance the impact of the organization’s research-data assets through engineering, stewardship, and data-centered collaborations. Trunnell leads the Hutch Data Commonwealth, a team of software and data engineers who develop data-intensive research capabilities and infrastructure to support data science at the Hutch, the Cascadia Data Alliance and other regional partnerships. The HDC also focuses on training, community development, and strategic partnering.

Prior to becoming the CDO, Trunnell served as Fred Hutch’s vice president and chief information officer, overseeing enterprise and scientific computing services. Trunnell earned a B.A. in geological and geophysical sciences from Princeton University and a M.S. in physical oceanography from the University of Washington.

Shyam Gollakota

Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW

Shyam Gollakota Associate Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, UW

Shyam Gollakota is an Associate Professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington as well as the co-founder of multiple startups including Jeeva Wireless, Sound Life Sciences and Edus Health. He leads the UW Computing for Health group that designs various sensing and computing technologies for in-home medical diagnostics including sleep apnea, cardiac arrest, ear infections, opioid overdoses as well as infant monitoring using smart speakers and phones. He is the recipient of a 2015 National Science Foundation Career Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and the SIGMOBILE Rockstar award. I was named as Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, Popular Science ‘brilliant 10’, CNN visionaries 2020 and twice to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. His research has earned awards at top computer science venues including SIGCOMM, MOBICOM, NSDI, SenSys, UbiComp and CHI, and appeared in inter-disciplinary journals like Science Translational Medicine and Nature Digital Medicine and named a MIT Technology Review Breakthrough technology of 2016 and Popular Science top innovations in 2015.

Amira Valliani

Co-Founder & CEO, Glow

Amira Valliani Co-Founder & CEO, Glow

Amira is the co-founder and CEO of Glow, which is building the Shopify for podcasts, starting with providing the easiest way for listeners to pay podcasters directly. She founded Glow after creating a local news podcast about the city council election in her town, and grew frustrated by the options for monetizing. Previously, Amira served as a communicators adviser in the Obama White House and as a speechwriter for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She holds a BA from Yale, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Seattle, is a Bay Area native., and enjoys scuba diving.

Dr. Leroy E. Hood

SVP & Chief Science Officer, Providence Health Services

Dr. Leroy E. Hood SVP & Chief Science Officer, Providence Health Services

Dr. Leroy E. Hood graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1964 with an MD and from Caltech with a PhD in biochemistry in 1968. After three years as a Senior Investigator at NIH, his academic career began at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer, and the protein synthesizer and sequencer–four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping and understanding of the human genome. A pillar in the biotechnology field, Dr. Hood has played a role in founding fifteen biotechnology companies including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Integrated Diagnostics and Arivale. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of   Engineering, and the Institute of  Medicine. Of the more than 6,000 scientists world-wide who belong to one or more of these academies, Dr. Hood is one of only fifteen people nominated to all three. Dr. Hood has co-authored numerous textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, as well as a popular book on the human genome project, The Code of Codes and he is just finishing a text on systems biology. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, including the Lasker Award for Studies of Immune Diversity (1987), the Kyoto Prize in advanced technology (2002), the Heinz Award for pioneering work in Systems Biology (2006), and the coveted NAE 2011 Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize for developing automated DNA sequencing. In addition to having received 17 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Hood has published over 850 peer-reviewed articles and currently holds 36 patents. In 2013, he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama. Hood has been named by The Best Schools as one of the 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today (2014). Scientific American has named Hood as one of the top 6 in their selection of 100 biotech visionaries world-wide (2015).

Luke Timmerman

Founder & Editor, Timmerman Report

Luke Timmerman Founder & Editor, Timmerman Report

Luke Timmerman is an award-winning journalist who has been covering biotechnology since 2001. Before founding Timmerman Report in 2015, Luke wrote about the industry for a regional newspaper (The Seattle Times), a global financial publication (Bloomberg News), and an online startup (Xconomy). Luke’s first book, “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age” was called a “must-read” by Forbes, and named one of the “100 Best Indie Books of 2017” by Kirkus Reviews.

Luke was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Biotechnology by Scientific American Worldview in 2015. He has won a number of reporting prizes, including the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, the Association of Health Care Journalists Award, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) award, and has twice been named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award. Luke earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997, and during the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Outside of work, Luke enjoys running, family camping trips, and mountaineering. He reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet/8,848 meters, on May 22, 2018. Luke’s Climb to Fight Cancer campaigns have raised $1.9 million for cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter.


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