“By introducing a human gene into the intact molecular network of a model organism the Genetic Networks approach allows the interrogation of hundreds of conserved interactions, vastly increasing the likelihood of useful hits.”

– Lee Hartwell

 

 

 

 


Our goal is to provide comparable target and drug optimization insights that improve decision making, expand opportunity, reduce risk and shorten development.

    • Genetic Networks is a leader in leveraging functional network data to find human disease treatments
    • Genetic Networks selects the optimal candidates for pre-clinical and clinical testing
    • Genetic Networks identifies multiple drug targets and lead compounds and can repurpose approved drugs to new indications

Genetic Networks provides information designed to deliver actionable data on genes and drugs using a yeast network analysis model. This is defined by two data offerings YANA , which is driven by a genetic disease target, and HIPHOP, which is designed to deliver drug network impacts.

 

 

 

 

Team

Dr. Gennaro D’Urso, PhD
Founder & Chairman

Inventor of the YANA genetic profiling technique, Dr. Gennaro D’Urso is a leading expert in yeast genetics and molecular biology having trained at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London.  As a professor of pharmacology at the University of Miami, Gennaro leads a successful lab and core facility and provides consulting services for biotech companies.  He is a leader on the application of biological networks to predictive medicine and the discovery of new disease treatments.

James Heywood
Co-Founder & Director

An MIT-trained mechanical engineer, Jamie entered the field of translational medicine when his 29-year-old brother was diagnosed with ALS. Jamie is the Chairman & Co-Founder of PatientsLikeMe where he serves as chief scientist and architect. Described by CNNMoney as one of the 15 companies that will change the world, PatientsLikeMe’s mission is to ensure patient outcomes directly drive medical care and the discovery process. Jamie founded the of ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first non-profit biotechnology company. He is the Chairman & Co-Founder of AOBiome and a Co-Founder of LoveSteve and is involved broadly as an innovation leader in transforming discover, development and the delivery of healthcare.

Dr. Corey Nislow, PhD
Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer

Corey is a cell biologist and geneticist who has worked in the fields of drug discovery and biotechnology. He is the Founder and Director of the Sequencing Center at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. His research program has developed and deployed an array of chemical genomic tools for systems biology. Activities include developing protocols for performing genome wide screens on the International Space Station and an innovative project to bring pharmacogenomics to community pharmacies.

Dr. David Wiley, PhD
Co-Founder & VP R&D Operations

David Wiley is co-inventor of yeast augmented network analysis (YANA). He has over fifteen years of experience in the application of yeast genetics to the study of genetic and infectious diseases authoring more than fifteen publications on the subject. His approach to research is shaped by his BS in Chemistry and in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. David is also an entrepreneur with experience in business development and project management. As project manager on numerous ventures, David has been responsible for day-to-day operations including the management and training of project teams.


Advisors

Dr. Lee Hartwell, PhD

Dr. Lee Hartwell PhD is the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Personalized Medicine at the Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University. Dr. Hartwell oversees a project to develop biomarkers for the clinical management of many diseases at the Chan Gung Memorial Hospital and University of Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Hartwell was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine for discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle. He is also a recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award in cancer research.

Dr. Tom Caskey, MD

Tom currently serves as Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Tom previously served as Senior Vice President, Human Genetics and Vaccines Discovery at Merck Research Laboratories, West Point and as President of the Merck Genome Research Institute. His genetic research has identified the genetic basis of ten major inheritable diseases and opened up the understanding of triplet repeat diseases. His personal identification patent is the basis of worldwide application for forensic science and he is also a consultant to the FBI in forensic science.

Dave Holt
Advisor, Operations

Dave is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned corporate executive. He has served as a C-level executive in both established and start-up companies for much of the past 30 years. He was the founding member of two pioneering technology companies, and brings strong business, management, and technical experience to the Genetic Networks team. Mr. Holt currently serves as COO, TruckerPath Inc, and previously as Executive Producer Walt Disney Company.

 

 

 

 

Contact

Genetic Networks LLC.
Miami, FL
info@geneticnetworks.com

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