Luminary & Pioneer Awards

The PMWC Luminary Award recognizes recent contributions of preeminent figures who have accelerated personalized medicine into the clinical marketplace. The PMWC Pioneer Award is given to rare individuals who presaged the advent of personalized medicine when less evolved technology and encouragement from peers existed, but still made major advances in the field.

This year, PMWC will be honoring Francis Collins (NIH), Elaine Mardis (NCH) and Keith Yamamoto (UCSF) with the Luminary Award. For the Pioneer Award, Kathy Giusti (Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation) and Mark Levin (Third Rock Ventures) will be recognized.

Luminary Award

Francis S. Collins
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Elaine R. Mardis
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Keith R. Yamamoto

Pioneer Award

Mark Levin
Third Rock Ventures

Date & Agenda

When: May 24, 6:00PM

Suggested dress: Cocktail attire

Ticket to the PMWC 2017 Duke conference includes a ticket to the award reception.


Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Winter Garden
100 Fuqua Drive Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-7700

Winter Garden, Fuqua, Duke

Past Luminary Award Recipients

Edward F. Chang


Pioneer in Human Brain Circuit Mapping to Advance Precision Neuropathology

Jennifer Doudna


Pioneer of the CRISPR-CAS 9 Genome Editing Technology

Roger Perlmutter


Expedited Development of Groundbreaking Therapies

Laura Esserman


Breast Cancer Treatment Paradigm Shifter

Ron Davis


Developed R-loop Technique of Electron Microscopy

Jay Flatley


Established Illumina as the leader in sequence technology

Janet Woodcock


FDA Director, fast-tracked targeted drugs through FDA approval

Brian Druker


Co-inventor, blockbuster drug, Gleevec

George Church


Contributions to the sequencing of genomes and interpreting such data; In Neuroscience he established a “functional connectome”

Lee Hood


Inventions included the automated DNA sequencer and a tool for synthesizing DNA

Past Pioneer Award Recipients

Steve Quake


Steve Quake has pioneered innovative approaches to biological measurement

James Allison


Pioneered Cancer Immunotherapy Through Discovery of the Immune Checkpoint Blockade

Irv Weissman


Pioneer in Regenerative Medicine & Cancer Stem Cells

Ralph Snyderman


Widely recognized as “Father of Personalized Medicine”

Craig Venter


1st Draft Human Gen., 1st Complete Diploid Human Gen., and 1st Synth. Bact. Cell

Dennis Lo


Discovered That An Unborn Fetus Releases Fetal DNA Into Maternal Plasma

Jonathan K.C. Knowles

2015 – UK

Personalized Medicine Leader in both Academia and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Yuet Wain Kan


The first to establish that a single DNA mutation could lead to a human disease, and the first to diagnose a human disease by using DNA

Michael Hayden

2014 – Israel

Developer, First Predictive Test for Huntington’s Disease

Kim Popovits

2013 – Israel

Launched both earliest genetically-targeted therapy and molecular diagnostic assay