Leeland Ekstrom, PhD is currently the Managing Director of BioVU Partnerships at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Leeland is working with the BioVU team to explore new ways to extend this unique database into commercial applications and has also founded a start-up, Nashville Biosciences, which offers drug rescue and re-purposing services to pharmaceutical companies. Prior to joining VUMC, Leeland was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, working in the firm's Boston, Silicon Valley, and Denver offices. During his six and a half years as a management consultant, he focused on a range of commercial (e.g., marketing & sales optimization, go-to-market strategies) and innovation-related topics (e.g., genomics & personalized medicine, R&D productivity, product launch) for pharma, biotech, diagnostics, medical device, and health system clients. He led McKinsey's Personalized Medicine initiative, authoring several external publications and supporting other consulting teams around the world on this topic. Before consulting, Leeland completed his PhD in Health Sciences & Technology at MIT, where he studied visual neuroscience in non-human primates using fMRI. His undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics and the Life Sciences were completed at Queen's University in Canada. Leeland lives with his wife in Boulder, Colorado, where he enjoys running, skiing, hiking, and Boulder's gourmet restaurant scene.
Expanding the Possibilities of Personalized Medicine Through Collaborative Data Collection, Sharing, and Analysis
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM