Renowned luminaries in Personalized Medicine
Groundbreaking companies with emerging technologies
More than 1000 peers from around the globe
50 sessions in 3 parallel tracks


Noninvasive Liquid Biopsies for Cancer Patients

(Cell free DNA, CTCs, and Exosomes)

Tumor tissue biopsies are invasive, costly, time-consuming and often inaccessible. Liquid biopsies enabled by new ultrasensitive PCR and NGS allow analysis of tumor derived nucleic acids and cells in the blood. They may be used to assess therapy selection for targeted therapeutics, initial therapy response, disease progression, and drug resistance mechanisms. In this session you will hear from those who are driving clinical development of liquid biopsies about what is possible, what has been achieved, and what challenges remain to make liquid biopsies routine in the clinic.


Walter Koch, Ph.D., Vice President & Head of Global Research, Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.

Dr. Koch has been in his current role of VP and Head of Global Research for Roche Molecular Systems since 2005. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he sits on the Life Cycle and Business Development committees, and chairs the Research Portfolio Committee. Read Full Bio

Victor E. Velculescu, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Director, Cancer Biology, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

Dr. Velculescu is Co-Director of Cancer Biology and Professor of Oncology and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins University Kimmel Cancer Center. His research interests are focused on genomic analyses of human cancer and using such information to understand the underlying biology of cancer and to identify new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Read Full Bio

Maximilian Diehn, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

Max Diehn MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University. He has co-appointments in the Stanford Cancer Institute and Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Diehn trained at Harvard University and Stanford University and has a background in genomics and stem cell biology. Read Full Bio

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