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A Team of Visionaries

We are scientists, engineers, cloud experts, and compliance specialists dedicated to accelerating genomic research to advance scientific discovery and deliver better patient care.
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OUR LEADERSHIP

George Asimenos, PhD
Chief Technology Officer
Part of DNAnexus since its inception, George has been involved in the design and implementation of the DNAnexus product line and its application in key accounts around the world. He currently heads strategic projects, exploring ways in which DNAnexus technology can be used to craft novel experiences that transcend traditional genomics boundaries. George holds a PhD in computer science from Stanford University, where he helped analyze 1% of the human genome as part of the ENCODE Pilot Project. His prior research experience includes comparative metagenomics, silicon compilers for reconfigurable hardware, and elliptic curve cryptanalysis.
Julie Baher, PhD
VP, Customer Experience
Julie has over 20 years experience creating experiences to delight customers. At DNAnexus she leads UX, Scientific Engagement, Technical Content Development and the UK Biobank Research Analysis Platform. Julie has led design thinking programs and product design teams at Illumina, Adobe, Citrix and Xerox as well as at startups. Julie earned her BA at Wesleyan University in biology and a PhD at Northwestern University in Learning Sciences – an interdisciplinary program of cognitive science, artificial intelligence and education.
Sean Bennett
VP, Sales, Pharmaceuticals
Sean is passionate about the precision medicine revolution and brings more than 20 years experience from across the healthcare business landscape to DNAnexus. He’s played key roles in Pharma (GSK), Medical Device (LifeCell & Intuitive Surgical), and in Clinical Trials Data & Analytics (Flatiron Health, Medidata & ConcertAI). At Medidata, Sean led commercial business development for a Biomarker discovery solution using AI/ML for the identification of patient subgroups earlier in the translational research process. He also brings experience in leading strategic market development in RWE and External Control Arms. Sean is a proud graduate of Howard University, in Washington, DC where he earned a Bachelor of Science.
E. Loren Buhle, Jr. PhD
VP, Security, Quality & Compliance
Loren is a seasoned leader with 3+ decades of experience working in the regulated space of life sciences, clinical, and basic research. He brings a unique skillset combination of science, commercial, regulatory, quality, and IT to our team and is responsible for providing leadership in Security, Quality and Compliance for DNAnexus and our customers. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and faculty member at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he created Oncolink and related social media communities. Before joining DNAnexus, Loren was the CISO and VP of Customer Support at Model N.
Asha Collins, PhD
General Manager, Biobanks
As General Manager for Biobanks, Asha brings a wealth of expertise in scaling businesses, building out first-in-industry operations to help accelerate the growth path of DNAnexus. Her experience spans molecular virology, science policy, management consulting, and operational leadership at Fortune 500 companies. Most recently Asha was the head of US Clinical Operations at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, accountable for all in-sourced, late-stage clinical trials, from oncology and immunology to rare disease, neurology and beyond. She has served leadership roles at McKesson Corporation, Deloitte and Quintiles Consulting focused on life science strategy and operations. Asha is an author and business thought leader, co-authoring a best seller in Medical Technology—Mobile Medicine: Overcoming People, Culture, and Governance. She is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) and corporate director for IDEXX Laboratories (NASDAQ: IDXX). Asha earned her BS in Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD in Cancer Biology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Richard Daly
Chief Executive Officer
Richard has three decades of experience in building companies in healthcare and genomics, including 13 years at Baxter Laboratories. Subsequently to Baxter, Richard founded companies in both managed care and laboratory services, and was also the CEO of Visible Genetics (NASDAQ: VGIN), the pioneer in laboratory-based gene sequencing and bioinformatics. Education includes a BS in finance from New York University and an MBA from Harvard University.
John Ellithorpe, PhD
President
John has spent his career driving innovative technology to improve people's lives. At DNAnexus, John leads the Product, Engineering, Science, Services, and Support teams. Prior, John was CPO at Vantiq, delivering intelligent systems in the IoT space, and co-founder, CTO, and CPO at Model N (NYSE: MODN) where he led the Global Products group and drove technical strategy. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California at Irvine and a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Fan Fan, PhD
Chief Product Officer
As Chief Product Officer, Fan is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and delivery of DNAnexus products. She has deep experience bringing innovative products to market. Prior to DNAnexus, Fan held product leadership and management positions at Adobe and Model N. Fan earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Science and Technology of China, and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California.
David Fenstermacher, PhD
VP, Precision Medicine & Data Science
David has more than 30 years of research experience as a molecular biologist and bioinformaticist and has held multiple academic and industry positions.  He designed and directed the implementation of numerous bioinformatics and biomedical informatics distributed computing systems for support basic, translational and clinical research, integrating patient-level clinical data, genomics and other ‘omics data to support studies focused on cancer and other human diseases. His recent research has centered on developing informatics infrastructure that promotes FAIR data principles to support precision medicine including clinical decision support, and health outcomes research. Education includes a BS Biology from Bloomsburg University and a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kelly Green
VP, Head of People & Operations
Kelly serves as Vice President and Head of People where she leads efforts in all things "people”. She is responsible for talent acquisition, employee growth and development, building a great culture, and facilitating organizational development. Kelly joined DNAnexus after leading HR at Telenav, another disruptive tech company in Silicon Valley. There, Kelly led the HR transition from venture-backed “start up” through a successful IPO. She holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from Stonehill College.
Laura Kulick
Controller
Laura brings two decades of experience in developing and growing the accounting function and teams in high-tech startup companies. Laura comes most recently from Ingenuity Systems where she was the Controller during an acquisition by Qiagen, inc. Prior, Laura worked at companies from the initial startup stages through IPO. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Miami University.
Keith McCartney
VP, Security & IT
Keith heads the Security and IT functions at DNAnexus. He is passionate about securely enabling collaborative research with the scale of the cloud. Prior to joining DNAnexus, Keith led the Security & Privacy functions at Zenefits and built the security engineering & operations capabilities for Informatica’s transition to a public cloud. Keith received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.
James McNicholas
Chief Financial Officer
Jim serves as our Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, he was the CFO for Cumulus Networks (sold to NVIDIA). Prior to Cumulus, he held CFO roles at Panasas, VSS Network Monitoring, Solexant Corp, and Nanosolar. He entered the venture capital world after serving as the VP of Finance for 4 divisions of IBM (Hard Disk Drives, Storage Subsystems, Consumer Products Division, and Open System Servers & Software) as well as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Jim received a BS in Commerce & Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Stanford.
Tuan Nguyen
VP, xVantage Group
Tuan is passionate about applying technology to advance healthcare. He brings proven experience in building organizations, including services, software development, knowledge engineering, and commercial operations. Prior to joining DNAnexus, Tuan was the VP of Informatics at QIAGEN and held multiple leadership positions at Ingenuity Systems, helping it emerge from stealth startup to become the commercial genomics data analysis leader. Tuan holds a BS from San Francisco State.
Tim O'Brien
VP, Sales
Tim brings 20+ years experience in enterprise software sales to DNAnexus. He has built and led sales organizations and managed strategic customer relations within the life science and healthcare industries. At Oracle, Tim led the America's healthcare sales organization for the HSGBU, managed life science and translational research sales teams at ID Business Solutions, and held key bioinformatics sales and sales management positions at InforMax/Life Technologies. Tim holds a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Tyler Robbins
VP, Sales, Diagnostics
Tyler is passionate about the advancement of precision medicine and brings over a decade of experience building SaaS companies. He has expertise in leading sales organizations and creating scalable go-to-market focus. After initially helping grow the Oracle ISV business, Tyler has managed key business units at Plutora and Signifyd where he helped grow revenues 3x and 7x respectively. Tyler completed both his undergrad and MBA at Dallas Baptist University, while also earning D1 All-American honors in baseball. He currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and daughter.
Omar Serang
Chief Cloud Officer
Omar has decades of experience building global operations teams and infrastructures, including cloud computing at Amazon Web Services, social web real-time analysis services at Topsy Labs, and messaging security services at Cloudmark and Critical Path. Prior to joining DNAnexus, he developed the Enterprise I/T Cloud Transformation consulting practice at Amazon Web Services, working with global pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and entertainment companies to drive cloud adoption. Omar received his BS in Chemistry from UC Berkeley.
Mark Swendsen
Chief Revenue Officer
Mark brings two decades of experience leading global sales teams for public companies and private start-ups.  He has expertise in creating go-to-market focus, as well as scaling the revenue engines of emerging tech companies.  Most recently, Mark served as the VP of Sales at Plutora, where he tripled SAAS revenues in under two years. Prior, Mark ran global revenues for Signifyd and led Sales and Business Development at Axcient. His early career was spent at ShoreTel in various roles, including VP of Service Providers and Managing Director for EMEA, where he joined at under $12M in revenue and took the company public as an officer. Mark holds an MA in Education from National University and a BA in English from Santa Clara University.
Anna Theriault
VP, Global Marketing
As Global Vice President of Marketing, Anna brings more than 20 years of experience managing and launching healthcare software and medical device solutions, globally. She has led strategy and marketing teams that successfully launched solutions and value creation in oncology, data and analytics, interoperability, and enterprise resource planning. Prior to joining DNAnexus, Anna was the Global Vice President Strategy and Marketing at TAE Life Sciences, a novel biotechnology company. Anna has extensive marketing and business leadership roles in cancer technology companies including Accuray and Elekta, where she pioneered voice-of-customer and market entry strategies for oncology informatics solutions. In fortune 500 companies including Oracle, Lawson, and Cisco Anna established and led healthcare vertical marketing and successfully implemented market growth and GTM strategies in US, EMEA, Russia, and China. Anna holds a BSc in International Business and Computer Information Technology from San Francisco State University, College of Business.

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