It is our capability and our commitment that make us GRAIL
We believe we are taking on one of the biggest challenges of our lifetime, combining science, technology, and population-scale clinical studies to reveal cancer at its beginnings.
To detect cancer early, when it can be cured.
Finding a better way
At GRAIL, we find purpose in our mission and call on our passion as we tackle one of the most important problems in the world. Each person at GRAIL plays a vital role in navigating the complexity of our endeavor, and we continuously collaborate because we believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We know that we have the drive, tools, and expertise to not only reach our goals but to accomplish them for the sake of humanity.
Hans Bishop is the Chief Executive Officer of GRAIL. Hans has more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry. Hans founded Juno Therapeutics in 2013 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until the company was acquired by Celgene in March of 2018. Prior to this, he served as an Executive in Residence at Warburg Pincus. Earlier in his career, Hans was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Dendreon, Inc. He also previously served as President of Specialty Medicine at Bayer Healthcare, Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Operations at Chiron Corporation, and Vice President and General Manager of European Biopharmaceuticals. He currently serves as the Executive Chair of the Sana Board of Directors and as a Director of Agilent Technologies and Lyell Immunopharma. Hans holds a BA in chemistry from Brunel University in London.
Satnam Alag, PhD, is Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at GRAIL. He previously served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Illumina, where he led the development of many cloud-software products and oversaw cloud product security, privacy, and clinical compliance. Before this, he was the Chief Technology Officer at NextBio (acquired by Illumina in 2013), a powerful patient-centric platform that aggregates and analyzes large quantities of phenotypic and genomic longitudinal data. He has also held other senior software architecture positions, including as the Chief Software Architect at Deem. Satnam, who holds five AWS certifications, has over 24 years of software development experience and is the author of the book “Collective Intelligence in Action” published by Manning. He earned a BE (HONS) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, an MS from Rutgers University, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Nathan Hunkapiller, PhD, is Vice President of Research and Development at GRAIL, leading technology and product development teams. Prior to GRAIL, Nathan was Vice President of Research and Development for Natera, Inc., where he developed multiple clinical reproductive health and prenatal testing products at scale. Nathan received a BS in Biological Science from Stanford University and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco.
Arash Jamshidi, PhD, is Vice President of Data Sciences and scientific co-founder at GRAIL, leading the research and development of Machine Learning and AI, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and core cell free nucleic acid biomarker technologies that have enabled GRAIL’s mission of early detection. Prior to GRAIL, Arash was Associate Director of Research at Illumina where he led the development of technologies for integrated next generation sequencing platforms, massively parallel single cell transcriptomics, and cell-free nucleic acid technologies for clinical applications. Arash holds a BS from Simon Fraser University in Electrical Engineering and MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley.
Gautam Kollu is Chief Commercial Officer at GRAIL. Gautam most recently served as Vice President, Global Market Development at Illumina and led the teams that drove the commercial adoption of genomics in multiple applications including noninvasive prenatal testing and liquid biopsy. Prior to that, Gautam was the Vice President of Marketing, Medical Affairs, and Business Development at Natera, Inc. Previously, Gautam was the Vice President of Commercial at Exelixis, Inc., and also worked at Genentech, Inc. where he held multiple marketing and commercial roles. Gautam began his career at Procter & Gamble, Inc. He received a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sir Harpal is the President of GRAIL Europe. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation EMEA at Johnson & Johnson where he oversaw a portfolio of co-investments and collaborations across the region to grow Johnson & Johnson’s networks within the EMEA innovation community. Before joining Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Sir Harpal spent 15 years with Cancer Research UK and served as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer from April 2007 until June 2018. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director of Development at CRUK and served as Chief Executive of Cancer Research Technology (a subsidiary of CRUK). Before CRUK, he worked with McKinsey & Co, The Papworth Trust, and Nexan Group. Sir Harpal received a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Manchester, Newcastle, and Glasgow, and the Institute of Cancer Research, and he is a Fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences. In 2016, he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to cancer research.
Uplaksh Kumar, PhD, is Senior Vice President of Strategic Operations and Scale at GRAIL. Previously, he served as Head of Operations at Verily. Prior to that, he was co-founder and COO of RoosterBio. Prior to founding RoosterBio, Uplaksh held multiple executive positions including the Senior Site Director at Lonza and head of site operations Life Technologies. He began his career at Digene (Qiagen) where he worked on the development and commercialization of the HPV test. Uplaksh holds a BPharm from the University of Mumbai, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Maryland. He earned his CPD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Josh Ofman, MD, MSHS, is Chief Medical Officer and External Affairs at GRAIL. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors of Cell BT, Inc, an immuno-therapy company focused on the discovery and development of innovative cancer therapeutics. Previously, Josh spent more than 15 years at Amgen, where he most recently held the role of Senior Vice President, Global Health Policy. Prior to that, Josh was a faculty member in the Department of Medicine and Health Services Research at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as Senior Vice President of Zynx Health Inc., a subsidiary of Cerner Corp. Josh holds a BA in history and philosophy of science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MD from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Josh also has an MSHS from the UCLA School of Public Health.
Marissa Song is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at GRAIL. Previously, Marissa was Vice President of Corporate Legal at Gilead Sciences where she led the corporate governance and SEC reporting group. Prior to joining Gilead, Marissa was a Corporate Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP. Marissa currently serves on the Board of the Disability Rights Legal Center. Marissa holds a BS from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from the University of Southern California.
Matthew P. Young is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at GRAIL. Previously, Matt spent six years at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he most recently held the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Young worked in investment banking for approximately 20 years at firms including Barclays Capital Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and Lehman Brothers, Inc. Matt currently serves on the Board of Directors of PRA Health Sciences, Inc., a contract research company. He also serves as Lead Independent Director and Chairman of the audit committee of CytomX Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Young received a B.S. in Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors
Catherine Friedman is the Chair of the Board of Directors of GRAIL. Catherine is an independent financial consultant who has been serving public and private companies in the life sciences industry since 2006. Previously, Catherine held numerous executive positions during a 23-year investment banking career with Morgan Stanley, including Managing Director, and Head of West Coast Healthcare, and Co-Head of the Biotechnology Practice. Catherine is a member of the Boards of Directors of Altaba (formerly Yahoo!), Radius Health, and Lyell Immunopharma, Inc. She is a trustee of The Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia. Catherine holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Jeff Huber is the Founding Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of GRAIL. Prior to GRAIL, Jeff worked at the intersection of life sciences and computer science at Google[x]. Previously at Google, Jeff led development for Google Ads, Google Apps, and Google Maps. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS from Harvard University. He is a board member of Electronic Arts (EA) and The Exploratorium, and former board member of Illumina (ILMN; 2014-2016).
Hal Barron, MD, is the Chief Scientific Officer and President of R&D at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Prior to his role at GSK, Dr. Barron was Calico’s President of R&D. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Head of Global Product Development, and Chief Medical Officer of Roche Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Genentech.
Dr. Barron is also Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Barron holds a BA in physics from Washington University in St. Louis and an MD from Yale University.
Hans Bishop is the Chief Executive Officer of GRAIL. Hans has more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry. Hans founded Juno Therapeutics in 2013 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until the company was acquired by Celgene in March of 2018. Prior to this, he served as an Executive in Residence at Warburg Pincus. Earlier in his career, Hans was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Dendreon, Inc. He also previously served as President of Specialty Medicine at Bayer Healthcare, Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Operations at Chiron Corporation, and Vice President and General Manager of European Biopharmaceuticals. He currently serves as the Executive Chair of the Sana Board of Directors and as a Director of Celgene, Agilent Technologies, and Lyell Immunopharma. Hans holds a BA in chemistry from Brunel University in London.
Min Cui, PhD, is the Founder and Managing Director of Decheng Capital. He is a member of the Board of Directors of AccuraGen, Ariagen, ARMO BioSciences, CardioMed, EpimAb Biotherapeutics, GenapSys, GeneMDx, Ketai Medical, Levitas and Mammoth Biosciences. Prior to founding Decheng Capital, Min was an investment partner at Bay City Capital and director of Strategic Investment for the Southern Research Institute. Min co-founded Pan Pacific Pharmaceuticals and Hucon Biopharmaceuticals. Min holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from Stanford University and BS and MS degrees in Molecular Biology from Peking University. Min was also a Co-Founder of CNetwork, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to serving Chinese communities in North America.
Kaye Foster is a Senior Advisor with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and sits on the Board of Directors of Agios as well as the Board of Trustees of Spelman College, Stanford Healthcare, and ValleyCare Health System. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources for Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Vice President of Global Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson leading a worldwide team of over 3,000 Human Resources professionals, and as a Human Resources leader at Pfizer across Japan, Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. Kaye holds a BA from Baruch College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Maykin Ho, PhD, is a venture partner of Qiming Venture Partners and a member of the Biotech Advisory Panel of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Maykin currently serves on the Boards of Directors for FibroGen, Agios Pharmaceuticals, the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, and the Institute for Protein Innovation. Previously, Maykin was a partner at Goldman Sachs & Co., where she served as senior biotechnology analyst, co-head of healthcare for global investment research, and advisory director for healthcare investment banking. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Maykin held various managerial positions in licensing, strategic planning, marketing, and research at DuPont-Merck Pharmaceuticals and DuPont de Nemours & Company. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Maykin holds a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and a BS from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.
Richard (Rick) Klausner, MD, is a Founder of GRAIL. Rick is CEO of Lyell Immunopharma, Executive Chair of Mindstrong Health, and Chair of Medical Creations, Wisdo, and LifeMine.
Rick was a Founder and Director of Juno Therapeutics until its acquisition by Celgene in 2018. He is the former Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Opportunity Officer of Illumina and former Executive Chairman of Audax Health. Previously, he served as Managing Partner of the Venture Capital firm, The Column Group, and was the Executive Director for Global Health of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rick was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush as the eleventh Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute between 1995 and 2001. He also served as Chief of the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as a past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He is a Fellow of the AACR Academy. Rick holds an MD from Duke Medical School.
Robert Nelsen is a Co-Founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He joined ARCH at its founding and played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing and development of more than 30 companies, including 15 which have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion. His seed and early-stage investments include Illumina (ILMN); Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY); Juno Therapeutics (JUNO); Sage Therapeutics (SAGE); Ikaria; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (KYTH), Receptos (RCPT); Aviron (AVIR); Denali Therapeutics; NetBot; Bluebird Bio (BLUE); R2 Technology; XenoPort (XNPT); Caliper Life Sciences (CALP); Trubion Pharmaceuticals (TRBN); Adolor (ADLR); deCODE Genetics; Array BioPharma (ARRY); IDUN Pharmaceuticals; Classmates.com; Hua Medicine; Fate Therapeutics (FATE); NextCODE Health; and Everyday Learning Corporation.
Robert is also a Director of Denali Therapeutics, Karuna Therapeutics, Unity Biotechnology, Vir Biotechnology, Brii Biosciences and Sana, and serves as a Chairman of Hua Medicines. He previously served as a Trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, and as a Director of the National Venture Capital Association. Robert holds a BS in Economics and Biology from University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Bill Rastetter, PhD, is the Chairman for Neurocrine Biosciences and Fate Therapeutics, a board member of Regulus, Daré, and the Jewish Community Center, and an advisor to Illumina Ventures. Bill was a Founder and Chairman of Receptos, which sold to Celgene in 2015. Bill led the merger of equals that formed Biogen Idec in 2003, and retired as Executive Chairman at the end of 2005. He joined Idec Pharmaceuticals at its founding in 1986 and grew it to a multi-billion dollar market valuation company while serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. While at Idec, Bill was a co-inventor of Rituxan®, which became the first monoclonal antibody approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for cancer and one of the world’s most valuable cancer therapies.
Prior to Idec, Bill served in various capacities at Genentech. Previously, he held faculty positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the award for “Excellence in the Teaching of Chemistry” at Harvard, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. Bill holds a BS in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Mostafa Ronaghi, PhD, is Illumina’s Senior Vice President of Entrepreneurial Development, and previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Ronaghi was responsible for leading internal research and technology and was a co-founder of GRAIL. He was also a co-founder of Illumina Accelerator, the world’s first business accelerator focused solely on creating an innovation ecosystem for the genomics industry. In 2007, Dr. Ronaghi co-founded Avantome, a privately held sequencing company that was acquired by Illumina in 2008. Before this, he co-founded NextBio, a search engine for life science data that was acquired by Illumina in 2013. In 2001, Dr. Ronaghi co-founded ParAllele Bioscience, which was eventually acquired by Affymetrix, Inc., and was involved in the development and commercialization of highly multiplexed technology for genetic testing. In 1997, he co-founded Pyrosequencing AB, which was renamed to Biotage in 2003.
Dr. Ronaghi was a principal investigator at Stanford University from 2002 until 2008 and focused on the development of novel tools for molecular diagnostic applications. He serves on the Board of Directors of BaseHealth and Clear Labs. Dr. Ronaghi earned his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He holds more than 30 (pending and issued) patents, and has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books.
Timothy Church, PhD, is a Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. His expertise is in cancer screening, colorectal cancer, medical device evaluation, biostatistics, epidemiologic methods, and clinical trial design. Dr. Church is currently leading multiple trials and studies regarding colorectal, prostate, lung, and ovarian cancer, and has recently established a registry for Parkinson’s Disease research. His primary research interests include clinical trials and epidemiological studies related to screening for and prevention of multiple cancers, as well as the development of biostatistical and epidemiologic methods. He teaches Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology and a doctoral seminar on causal inference. Dr. Church holds a PhD and MS in Biometry and Health Information Systems from the University of Minnesota.
Christina Curtis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and Genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she leads the Cancer Computational and Systems Biology Group. She also serves as Co-Director of the Molecular Tumor Board at the Stanford Cancer Institute. Leveraging genome-scale data, Dr. Curtis’ research focuses on experimental and computational approaches to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and early detection of cancer. Her research has redefined the molecular map of breast cancer and led to new paradigms in understanding how tumors evolve. Among numerous distinguished honors throughout her career, Dr. Curtis is the recipient of the 2012 V Scholar Award from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, 2012 Career Development Award from STOP Cancer, 2016 Career Development Award from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and was named a National Academy of Science (NAS) Kavli Frontier of Science fellow in 2016. She holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral fellow in Computational Biology at the University of Cambridge.
Jeff Dean, PhD, joined Google in 1999 and is currently a Google Senior Fellow in Google’s Research Group, where he leads the Google Brain team, Google’s deep learning research team, working on systems for speech recognition, computer vision, language understanding, and various predictive tasks. He has co-designed and implemented five generations of Google’s crawling, indexing, and query serving systems, and co-designed and implemented major pieces of Google’s initial advertising and AdSense for Content systems. He is also a co-designer and co-implementor of Google’s distributed computing infrastructure, including the MapReduce, BigTable and Spanner systems, protocol buffers, LevelDB, and TensorFlow, a popular open-source system for machine learning.
Dr. Dean is a Fellow of the ACM, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the Mark Weiser Award and the ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1996.
Dana Goldman, PhD, is the Leonard Schaeffer Chair and a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics at the University of Southern California. He directs the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and USC School of Pharmacy. Professor Goldman will serve as Interim Dean of the Sol Price School starting July 1, 2020. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is the author of more than 300 articles and book chapters, and his research has been published in leading medical, economic, health policy, and statistics journals.
Dr. Goldman served as a formal health policy advisor to the Congressional Budget Office, Covered California, National Institutes of Health, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Affairs and the American Journal of Managed Care and is founding editor of the Forum for Health Economics and Policy. He is also a co-founder of Precision Health Economics, a health care consultancy. Dr. Goldman received his B.A. summa cum laude from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
William N. Hait, MD, PhD, is Global Head, External Innovation at Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he was Head of Global Research and Development for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2007, he was the founding Director of The (Rutgers) Cancer Institute of New Jersey. From 1993 to 2007 he was Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Associate Dean for Oncology Programs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey — Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Before that, Dr. Hait was Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology, Associate Director of the Yale University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director of the Breast Cancer Unit, and Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Unit.
Dr. Hait is past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and currently serves as Treasurer. He has served on various committees for the AACR, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Association of American Cancer Institutes, the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors, and was founding Chairman of the Executive Management Committee of Stand Up to Cancer. He currently is a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Director’s Advisory Board, Board of External Advisors for the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, the Stand Up to Cancer Scientific Advisory Board, The Board of Directors of Research!America, and the Vanderbilt University Biomedical Science Advisory Board. Dr. Hait holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MD and a PhD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Richard (Rick) Klausner, MD, is Founder and Director of Juno Therapeutics and Executive Chairman of Wisdo, a third generation internet company. He is the Chairman of Mindstrong and a Director of AnchorDx. He currently Chairs the Grand Challenges in Cancer program of Cancer Research UK.
Dr. Klausner is the former Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Opportunity Officer of Illumina. He is the former Executive Chairman of Audax Health. Previously, he served as Managing Partner of the Venture Capital firm, The Column Group, and was the Executive Director for Global Health of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Klausner was appointed by Presidents Clinton and Bush as the eleventh Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute between 1995 and 2001. He also served as chief of the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, as well as a past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Klausner holds an MD from Duke Medical School.
Dennis Lo, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Chemical Pathology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dr. Lo was the first scientist to discover the presence of circulating fetal DNA in a pregnant mother’s blood plasma and is a key driver of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). He sees parallels between the release of DNA from a fetus into the bloodstream of its mother and the release of DNA from a tumor into the bloodstream of a cancer patient. Over the last 20 years, he has made many original discoveries on the biological characteristics of circulating fetal and tumor DNA, and has developed many innovative technologies for plasma nucleic acids-based molecular diagnostics. Dr. Lo has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards and honors for his contributions, including the 2016 Future Science Prize in Life Sciences. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2011 and as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2013. Dr. Lo holds a BA from the University of Cambridge, and holds an MD and a PhD from the University of Oxford.
Charles Swanton, MD, PhD, is Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Group Leader of the Translational Cancer Therapeutics laboratory at the London Research Institute. He combines his laboratory research with clinical duties focused on biological mechanisms of cancer drug resistance. Dr. Swanton is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Chair in Personalized Cancer Medicine and Consultant Thoracic Medical Oncologist at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). Dr. Swanton is the Chief Investigator of the CRUK TRACERx lung cancer evolution study and is Director of the CRUK/UCL Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence. In 2013, he was awarded the Royal College of Physicians Goulstonian lecture and Graham Bull Prize for Clinical Sciences, and was appointed Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences. Dr. Swanton holds an MD and a PhD from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories.