Our Researchers and Team

Sequence Bio is a Newfoundland and Labrador biotechnology company striving to improve how we treat diseases and develop medicines. Headquartered in St. John’s and home to a passionate team, we truly believe that to be successful, we have to build a company that makes the entire province proud. And each and every one of us works hard to earn that trust day in and day out.

Our Commitment

Ethics, privacy and security excellence is rooted in everything we do at Sequence Bio. We promise to be transparent about our information policies and practices, and to return benefits to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Meet a few members of our research team!

Dr. Michael Phillips

Dr. Michael Phillips

Chief Scientific Officer, Principal Investigator

"Important discoveries in Newfoundland and Labrador could change how we treat diseases and develop medicines here at home and around the world."

Dr. Dennis O’Keefe

Dr. Dennis O’Keefe

Co-Principal Investigator

"Findings from the NL Genome Project may help participants and their physicians make more informed healthcare decisions."

Dr. Gerald Mugford

Dr. Gerald Mugford

Director of Research, Co-Principal Investigator

"This province can be a world leader in groundbreaking medical research. I believe the NL Genome Project is an important piece to realize this opportunity."

Ms. Fanny Coron, MSc, ERGC

Ms. Fanny Coron, MSc, ERGC

Genetic Counsellor

"Genetically, we’re all 99.9% the same. The NL Genome Project could help participants understand how that 0.01% makes them so unique."

Ms. Diane Power, RN

Ms. Diane Power, RN

Manager of Research Operations

"Sequence Bio is committed to putting participants first, including returning findings and providing genetic counselling support to physicians."

Join Our Team!

Sequence Bio is a group of motivated, entrepreneurial thinkers that are hoping to improve how medicines are developed and how patients are treated — all right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Think you’ll fit right in, all while standing out? Get in touch today!

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Scientific Advisory Board

We are guided by a world-class Scientific Advisory Board who provide strategic advice to Sequence Bio’s leadership regarding emerging science and technology, make recommendations regarding our research, and help develop opportunities to return results to participants and the healthcare system. We couldn’t be more proud to have them onboard.

Dr. Kathy Hudson

Dr. Kathy Hudson

Chair

Dr. Kathy Lynn Hudson is the CEO of the People-Centered Research Foundation, which aims to accelerate clinical research that is faster and more user friendly for patients and providers. Previously, she spent eight years leading science policy, legislation, and communications and outreach efforts for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is the former Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy at the NIH, and acted as a senior advisor to the NIH Director, creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives including the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative (“All of Us”) which intends to build a precision medicine cohort of 1 million Americans to research how to better treat diseases and patients based on their individual characteristics. Dr. Hudson holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Euan Ashley

Dr. Euan Ashley

Advisor

Dr. Euan Ashley is a renowned cardiologist and human genomics researcher. He led the team that carried out the first clinical interpretation of a human genome, and now routinely applies genome sequencing to the diagnosis of patients at Stanford Hospital where he also directs the Clinical Genome Service and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Ashley is Co-Founder of Personalis Inc., a genome scale genetic diagnostics company and a Co-Principal Investigator of the MyHeart Counts Study, a partner for Apple’s ResearchKit platform. He is a recipient of the National Innovation Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. Dr. Ashley received his Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Science from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Pek Lum

Dr. Pek Lum

Advisor

Dr. Pek Lum is a data scientist and systems biologist who has extensive experience with data-driven drug discovery, software development, and venture capital. She is CEO of Auransa Inc., a computational drug development company based in Palo Alto, California and previously held senior executive and scientific positions at Rosetta, Merck, iPierian and Ayasdi. Dr. Lum currently holds advisory positions with organizations such as Bayes Impact and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dr. Lum received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Washington.

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St. John’s based biotechnology company Sequence Bio is leading the NL Genome Project.

Sequence Bio’s Chief Scientific Officer, Michael S. Phillips, PhD, is the Principal Investigator of the study. Sequence Bio’s Director of Research, Gerald Mugford, PhD, and Dr. Dennis O’Keefe are the Co-Principal Investigators.

Questions about your rights as a participant in a research study?

Contact the HREA Ethics Office. They are not involved with running the study.

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