Dr. George Church joins Optra Health as Chairman of Advisory Board

January 25, 2018

San Jose (CA) - Optra Health is pleased to welcome Dr. George Church, the visionary geneticist, as Chairman of Optra Health’s Advisory Board.

Dr. George Church is the Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET).

His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994. His innovations have contributed to nearly all "next generation" DNA sequencing methods and companies (CGI-BGI, Life, Illumina, Nanopore). Moreover, his lab's work on chip-DNA-synthesis, gene editing and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics (Knome/PierianDx, Alacris, AbVitro/Juno, Genos, Veritas Genetics) & synthetic biology / therapeutics (Joule, Gen9, Editas, Egenesis, enEvolv, WarpDrive).

Dr. Church has also pioneered new privacy, biosafety, ELSI, environmental & biosecurity policies. He is the director of an IARPA BRAIN Project and NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. His honors include election to NAS & NAE & Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science. He has coauthored 453 papers, 105 patent publications & one book (Regenesis).

“It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Dr. George Church as the Chairman of our Advisory Board. His expertise and experience will add value to our organization and help us to reach new heights”, said Dr. Gauri Naik, Founder - Optra Health.

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