Leadership

Gabe Otte  Chief Executive Officer

Gabe Otte

Chief Executive Officer

In his role as CEO, Gabe draws on broad experience in both biology and technology to advance Freenome’s mission of giving everyone the tools they need to detect, treat, and ultimately prevent their diseases.

Along with co-founder Riley Ennis, Gabe believes that forging a strong culture is essential to helping Freenome achieve its goals—normalizing mistakes in order to better learn from them, and incorporating core values of empathy, integrity, and trust into every aspect of Freenome’s work.

Gabe holds undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from Cornell University. His interest in chromatin biology and the epigenetics of age-associated diseases during graduate studies culminated in the publication of several papers on the application of machine learning to large genomics datasets. In 2014, Gabe founded Acorn, a location-based messaging service, following work as a software engineer at Apple, Glyde, and Tumblr.

Riley Ennis  Chief Operating Officer

Riley Ennis

Chief Operating Officer

With the knowledge and skills he gained as a biotechnology entrepreneur, Riley is helping to make Freenome’s vision of a cancer-free world a reality. As the company’s co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Riley heads the clinical and commercial development of Freenome’s noninvasive tests for early cancer detection and treatment selection.

A Thiel Fellow, Riley developed a cancer vaccine and founded his first biotech company, Immudicon, while still in high school. While earning his degree in molecular biology at Dartmouth, Riley co-authored several publications and worked as a visiting scientist with Novartis.

In addition to his work as a scientist, Riley worked as an analyst at Morgan Stanley and an associate at Bridgewater, where he observed the positive impact of a strong organizational culture firsthand. Riley’s previous biotech experience includes work at Foundation Medicine, Syros Pharmaceuticals, Adimab, and Emergent Biosolutions.

Charles Roberts, MD  Chief Partnership Officer

Charles Roberts, MD

Chief Partnership Officer

A clinician by training, Charlie is Freenome’s Chief Partnership Officer, focusing on mid- and longer-term relationships that will help define the company’s future directions and revenues and works closely with the business development team in managing corporate client accounts and institutional collaborations.

Prior to co-founding Freenome, Charlie co-founded a company that uses circulating cell-free (cf)DNA from maternal blood samples to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities during pregnancy. The resulting in-vitro diagnostic, IONA, has been marketed successfully across Europe and the Middle East.

Charlie studied medicine and neuropsychology in the UK, earning a Masters degree from Oxford with a focus on immunotherapy. He has worked in some of the UK’s leading oncology centers, including the Royal Marsden.

Girish Putcha, MD, PhD  Chief Medical Officer

Girish Putcha, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer

As Freenome’s Chief Medical Officer and Clinical Laboratory Director, Girish oversees the development and validation of Freenome’s tests and helps navigate the regulatory and reimbursement complexities of the healthcare industry. He continues to serve as a member of CMS’ Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee.

Previously, Girish was Director of Laboratory Science for Palmetto’s MolDX program, which oversees coverage and reimbursement for molecular testing for over half of the Medicare population. In prior leadership roles at Life Technologies, Ariosa Diagnostics, and Crescendo Bioscience, he oversaw the development, validation, launch, and commercialization of tests in oncology, fetal-maternal health, and rheumatology. In roles at Panorama Capital and RiverVest Venture Partners, Girish focused on life science investments, serving on the boards of several portfolio companies, including Presidio Pharmaceuticals, PowerVision, and Phenomix.

Girish holds an MD, PhD in molecular neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, and subspecialized in molecular genetic pathology at Stanford University, where he served as adjunct faculty. He completed undergraduate work at Rice University, and postgraduate studies at the University of London as a Marshall Scholar.

Mike Nolan  Chief Business Officer

Mike Nolan

Chief Business Officer

Mike brings over two decades of experience to his role as Freenome’s Chief Business Officer, building on a proven record of delivering transformative diagnostic technologies that help clinicians drive better outcomes for their patients. At Freenome, Mike leads our business and commercial strategy to make our first early-detection test broadly accessible to providers and patients. He is establishing partnerships with biopharma companies, academic medical centers, and health systems where our multi-analyte platform is deployed to move research and medicine forward.

Mike comes to Freenome from Foundation Medicine, where he served as SVP of Commercial Operations and led a cross-functional team to expand the appropriate use of next-generation sequencing technologies in cancer.

Other experience in roles at Thermo Fisher, Luminex, Roche Molecular Systems, Roche Diagnostics, and Abbott Diagnostics include general management of global businesses and leadership of multi-national commercial teams to bring innovative technologies to mainstream utilization in clinical care.

Mike holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an MBA from the University of Wyoming.

Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS  Chief Scientific Officer

Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS

Chief Scientific Officer

In his role as Freenome’s Chief Scientific Officer, Jimmy is responsible for scientific strategy, research operations, and growing the company’s world-class scientific team. He brings a proven record of translating cutting-edge research into commercial success, with a focus on the development and launch of blood-based assays for cancer monitoring and detection of molecular residual disease.

Prior to joining the private sector, as CSO for Oncology at Natera, the global genomic diagnostics company, Dr. Lin led the intramural clinical genomics program at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. At Johns Hopkins and Washington University in St Louis, he spearheaded the computational analyses of the first-ever exome sequencing studies in multiple cancer types.

Dr. Lin holds an MD and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as a Master of Health Sciences in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. As an undergraduate at Yale, he majored in Cognitive Science and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. Dr. Lin was a 2016 Senior TED Fellow and is the Founder and President of the Rare Genomics Institute.

Bradley Carr is responsible for overseeing Freenome’s laboratory-based operations, including both the clinical and R&D laboratories.

Bradley has nearly two decades of experience leading operations for medical device, pharmaceuticals, and clinical laboratories. Prior to joining Freenome, he led global operations for Roche Sequencing Solutions.

Bradley has a Bachelor's in biochemistry and molecular biology from Auburn University; a Master’s in biotechnology and regulatory science from Johns Hopkins University; and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Tony oversees the design and execution of Freenome’s people strategy. He joins Freenome as a seasoned leader, having worked in a diverse group of companies with renowned cultures, including The Walt Disney Company, McDonald’s, Lululemon, and Lyft. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in organizational design, creating strong cultures, and supporting international business. He specializes in scaling organizations from start-up to strong-growth phases.

Tony holds a B.A. from UCLA.

 
 
 

IMPACT Advisory Board


With a focus on clinical development, regulatory approval, payer coverage and reimbursement, and health economics, the IMPACT Advisory Board is the cornerstone of Freenome’s commitment to broad patient access to multiomics blood tests for the early detection of cancer.

 

Advisory Board Members

Robert Califf, MD

Robert Califf, MD

Formerly Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Califf is Vice Chancellor for Health Data Science at Duke Health and Director of the Duke University Center for Health Data Science. He has been involved in dozens of landmark clinical trials and is recognized as one of the most-cited medical authors today.

William Grady, MD

William Grady, MD

Dr. Grady is a member of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics and Colon Cancer Screening Panel, part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and serves as Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His current research centers on novel biomarkers for the prevention and treatment of colon cancer at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Alberto Gutierrez, PhD

Alberto Gutierrez, PhD

Dr. Gutierrez is a former 25-year veteran of the US Food and Drug Administration, including eight years as Director of the agency’s Office of In-Vitro Diagnostics, a tenure that saw breakneck advances in the field of molecular diagnostics. He is currently a partner at NDA Partners.

Douglas Robertson, MD, MPH

Douglas Robertson, MD, MPH

Dr. Robertson is Chief of Gastroenterology at White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has a long standing research interest in colorectal cancer epidemiology and outcomes and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the large CONFIRM trial (N = 50,000 US Veterans). Dr. Robertson is also a member of the US Multi-Society Task Force of Colorectal Cancer.

Sherie Smalley, MD

Sherie Smalley, MD

Formerly Senior Medical Director of Medical Policy, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan, Dr. Smalley is a board-certified pathologist advising on payor strategy for coverage and reimbursement, with a focus on the precision medicine applications of next-generation omic technologies. Dr. Smalley is currently Medical Director at AlohaCare and a consulting medical director at UPMC.

Daniel F Hayes, MD, FASCO, FACP

Daniel F Hayes, MD, FASCO, FACP

Dr. Hayes is currently the Stuart B Padnos Professor of Breast Cancer Research; and Professor, Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Michigan. Former President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, he is an authority in the field of breast cancer research with a focus on the identification and validation of tumor biomarker tests.

 
 

Scientific Advisory Board


Comprised of leading experts in cancer biology, molecular biology, computational biology, and machine learning, the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) provides strategic and scientific counsel to advance the development of Freenome's technology platform and commercial disease screening products.

 

Scientific Advisory Board

Olivier Elemento, PhD

Olivier Elemento, PhD

Dr. Elemento is the Director of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine. The Institute leverages genomics and artificial intelligence to personalize medicine. Dr. Elemento has led the development of cutting-edge clinical genomics tests that interrogate molecular alterations in disease tissue to match patients with therapy in a highly individualized way. He has published over 200 scientific papers in the area of genomics, epigenomics, computational biology and drug discovery, including in Science and Nature.

Barbara Engelhardt, PhD

Barbara Engelhardt, PhD

Dr. Engelhardt is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, having worked both in both academia and industry. Barbara completed her BS and MS from Stanford University, PhD from UCBerkeley, and postdoc at University of Chicago. She has held positions at Duke University, JPL, Google Research, and 23andMe. Barbara's work centers on the intersection of statistics/machine learning and biomedical data, and she has published in Nature, PNAS and other leading journals, and delivered talks at conferences such as NeurIPS.

Anshul Kundaje, PhD

Anshul Kundaje, PhD

Dr. Kundaje is an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Computer Science at Stanford University. His primary research area is large-scale computational regulatory genomics, specializing in developing statistical and machine learning methods for large-scale integrative analysis of heterogeneous, high-throughput functional genomic and genetic data. Anshul was the lead computational analyst of the ENCODE Project and the Roadmap Epigenomics Project and was also a recipient of the 2016 NIH Director's New Innovator Award and the 2014 Alfred Sloan Fellowship.

 
 
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