The greatest minds in biotechnology and machine learning are at work at Sophia Genetics, continuously honing our algorithms, offers and services for the benefit of doctors and their patients. About 80% of our organization holds a PhD, ranging anywhere from Cell Biology to Computer Science. This international and dedicated team is the key to our current success and is the promise of an even greater future ahead for us and the world of genomics.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Jurgi Camblong

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder  

Dr. Jurgi Camblong is one of the most visionary entrepreneurs in the fast growing domain of clinical genomics. After a successful academic career in Molecular Biology he moved to the Start-up scene with the objective of making genomics a reality for improved patients’ diagnosis and care. After acting as the CEO of Gene Predictis, he founded Sophia Genetics in 2011 with Dr. Pierre Hutter and Prof. Lars Steinmetz. Since then Dr. Camblong has been successfully leading the development of the company, recruiting the right talents and executing innovative business models. Today, he is considered as one of the most successful Swiss entrepreneurs. Jurgi Camblong holds a PhD in Life Sciences (University of Geneva) and an EMBA in Management of Technology (EPFL-HEC Lausanne).

Damien Lapray

Chief Commercial Officer   

Dr. Damien Lapray joined Sophia Genetics in 2014 as Sales and Business Development Manager of the Nordics. He then served as VP Sales. During that time, he successfully developed Sophia Genetics Integrated Diagnostic Solutions from scratch to help institutions not equipped with a NGS platform benefit from this technology. In September 2016 Damien Lapray was appointed Chief Commercial Officer to lead the whole sales department. Prior to joining Sophia Genetics he obtained a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Mainz in Germany and made a successful career in research focusing on neuronal networks within prestigious institutions such as the University of Oxford and the EPFL - Lausanne. Self-driven, he acquired his fighting spirit from a successful sport career where he learned to always push the limits. Surrounded by a very talented team he is accelerating Sophia Genetics development worldwide.

Marylin Mermod Schule

Chief Financial Officer  

Marylin Mermod Schule is a senior financial officer. She joined Sophia Genetics in May 2015 and brings with her a strong financial acumen and accounting background as well as a track record in healthcare. Prior to joining Sophia Genetics, she worked for the Group Edmond de Rothschild where she held several key roles in corporate finance and private equity, including the co-development of a new private equity division. She started her career as an external audit manager at EY before joining the Swiss clinic La Metairie (Capio’s group) where she has held the position of CEO and CFO. She holds an M.S. in Finance from the HEC Lausanne School of Business and is a Swiss Certified Accountant. She is a member of the boards of MedC Partners, a medtech consulting firm and Electro-kit, an electrical equipment engineering and manufacturing firm.

Zhenyu Xu

Chief Technology Officer  

Dr. Zhenyu Xu is a genome scientist with a background in molecular and computational biology. He holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University in computational biology, and obtained his PhD at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) where he focused on the transcriptome landscape of yeast. His PhD work systematically characterized the non-coding transcripts in yeast which lead to the unveiling that in a majority of cases, transcriptions are bidirectional. Dr. Xu is among the most experienced bioinformaticians worldwide in clinical NGS data analysis. He joined Sophia Genetics in 2012 and is the leader of the technology team who developed SOPHiA – the collective artificial intelligence for Data-Driven Medicine. The AI powers Sophia DDM®, an advanced SaaS analytics platform for clinical genomics, recognized and widely used in hundreds of hospitals across the world.

Adam Molyneaux

Chief Information Officer   

Dr. Adam Molyneaux is a senior software engineer. He obtained his initial degree at Imperial College and after a period developing software for structural analysis he moved to EPFL where he obtained his PhD in 2002. Since then he has been involved extensively with complex application development, spending 5 years as a Senior Developer / Project Leader for a biotech company, SmartGene SA, where he was responsible for the development of several flagship products, including a sequence proofreader and a HLA matching tool. He joined Sophia Genetics in July 2012 after 4 years as an independent consultant working on various SaaS, science based projects.

Didier Pitton

Chief Product Officer   

Didier Pitton joined Sophia Genetics in 2012 and is a Member of the Management Team. Since September 2016 Didier Pitton is Chief Product Officer and leads Product Management. Prior to this he served as Vice-President of Sales and Chief Commercial Officer from September 2012 to September 2016. During that time, he grew Sophia Genetics customer base from zero to more than 180 public hospitals and private laboratories. Didier Pitton is a senior software executive with extensive experience in Sales, Product Management and Strategy. He obtained a Master of Science in business & finance at HEC - Lausanne. Over the last 15 years, he held several senior and executive board positions at leading international banking software vendors. Market-driven with a passion for solving customer problems with technology, he has a proven track record to define and execute go-to-market strategies for new innovative technology products and to successfully bring them to mainstream market.

Tarik Dlala

VP Marketing   

Tarik joined Sophia Genetics in February 2015, where he now heads marketing and communications activities. At Sophia Genetics, his work is dedicated to creating awareness about the company’s products and success, and the promises of Data-Driven Medicine for patients. Tarik is a self-starter with 10 years of marketing and communication experience, having managed digital communication, sponsoring and public relations for the premium television channel CANAL+, and conducted cross media educational campaigns for the Swiss government. Originally trained in business, Tarik is also an entrepreneur.

Toufik Abbas-Terki

VP Quality   

Dr. Toufik Abbas-Terki joined Sophia Genetics in 2013 bringing his management expertise in Quality of medical devices. Prior to this, he directed R&D and Production departments in Swiss and international biotech companies and launched over 100 pre-clinical products on the market. He successfully led design and production of CE-marked medical devices for in vitro diagnostic. Toufik holds PhD in Biology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, diploma of Quality Manager in Regulatory Affairs for medical devices from ARIAQ, Switzerland and is certified Lead Auditors ISO 13485 from BSI.

Esteban Czwan

VP Business Development   

Esteban Czwan is a dynamic business executive experienced in Business Development, Product Management, and Customer Support. Before joining Sophia Genetics in 2015, Esteban worked for Roche Diagnostics where he was responsible for next-generation sequencing support and third-party analytical solutions. Esteban did his doctoral work at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg developing predictive models of tumor progression and therapy response. Esteban obtained his master’s degree in Bioinformatics from Cardiff University and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Pierre Hutter

Chief Scientific Officer and Co-founder  

Dr. Pierre Hutter is one of the most renowned medical geneticists in Switzerland. He completed his PhD in genetics in Edinburgh and his postdoctoral work in Cambridge (UK). He discovered the landmark speciation gene Hmr (Hybrid male rescue) in Drosophila, which has become the most studied gene in the field of reproductive isolation. Between 2005 and 2011 he was co-director of the Geneva University laboratory of Predictive Oncology, one of the two reference laboratories for the study of cancer predisposition. As head of the Medical Genetics Service of the Valais hospital, Dr. Hutter is currently involved in the development of genetic diagnoses based on high-throughput sequencing, works as a consultant for a private laboratory, and is an expert of accreditation of molecular genetics laboratories. He represents the Swiss Society of Medical Genetics at the FAMH commission of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Antoine Duchateau

Chairman of the Board  

Antoine Duchateau is a successful entrepreneur. He started his career with IBM Belgium as software engineer and sales executive for the financial sector in Brussels, then in 1981 joined the British BIS Banking Systems Group (BIS) in London, a worldwide leader in core banking application software, as Managing Director for Europe, then Chief Operating Officer. In 1995 he founded Odyssey Financial Technologies (OFT), which became over the years, the worldwide leader in mid-front office application software for the private banking sector. Under his direction as CEO and Chairman the company revenue grew to over $70M with 600 employees. In 2010, he executed the sale of Odyssey to Temenos Group AG. Following the sale of OFT, Antoine Duchateau decided to help start up and small to medium size enterprises by bringing his expertise. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Sophia Genetics in spring 2013.

Mike Lynch

Board Member (Invoke Capital)  

Dr. Lynch OBE FREng FRS joined the Board in June 2014. He is the co-founder of Autonomy Corporation plc and the founder of Invoke Capital, a fund that invests in European fundamental technologies, and is an adviser to the British Prime Minister in matters of science and technology. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Engineering Society and received and OBE for services to business. He has founded a number of companies, and advised and mentored many entrepreneurs. He has held board positions at the BBC, the British Library and Nestea and is currently a Trustee of Kew. He has a PhD in adaptive pattern recognition from the University of Cambridge.

Andrew Kanter

Board Member (Invoke Capital)

Andrew Kanter is a Partner at Invoke Capital. Previously Mr Kanter served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Autonomy for twelve years, where he led its global legal and operations divisions and oversaw all major acquisitions and transactions. A qualified lawyer, Andrew was previously an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and London, specialising in venture capital, international M&A and corporate finance. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California Law Center and Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Schenck

Board Member  

Michael Schenck is an experienced venture capital and private equity investor and currently works with Alychlo, the investment firm of Belgian entrepreneur Marc Coucke.Previously, Michael was investment manager at Waterland Private Equity where he worked closely with a number of entrepreneurs to help realize their growth ambitions. He started his career in corporate finance in France and has worked both as a volunteer and entrepreneur in Africa. Michael holds Master’s Degrees in business and management from Erasmus University Rotterdam and HEC Paris.

Vincent Ossipow

Independent Board Member  

Dr. Vincent Ossipow, CFA is Venture Partner at Omega Funds and brings 16 years of healthcare investment experience in public and private companies. Previously, Vincent worked with Sectoral Asset Management, a healthcare institutional investor, as a Partner for Private Equity. From 2000 to 2006 he worked as a research fellow at the University of Geneva on the molecular basis of brain function where he obtained a Ph.D. in molecular biology. Vincent trained as a postdoctoral fellow (Hoffman-La-Roche and Human Frontier Science Program fellow) in Geneva and at the National Cancer Institute NCI in Bethesda, Maryland, and completed a Certificate in International Finance and Global Markets at the Georgetown University School of Business in Washington, D.C.

Jurgi Camblong

CEO and Co-founder  

Dr. Jurgi Camblong is one of the most visionary entrepreneurs in the fast growing domain of clinical genomics. After a successful academic career in Molecular Biology he moved to the Start-up scene with the objective of making genomics a reality for improved patients’ diagnosis and care. After acting as the CEO of Gene Predictis, he founded Sophia Genetics in 2011 with Dr. Pierre Hutter and Prof. Lars Steinmetz. Since then Dr. Camblong has been successfully leading the development of the company, recruiting the right talents and executing innovative business models. Today, he is considered as one of the most successful Swiss entrepreneurs. Jurgi Camblong holds a PhD in Life Sciences (University of Geneva) and an EMBA in Management of Technology (EPFL-HEC Lausanne).

"The challenge now lies in the analysis, interpretation and protection of the massive amounts of sequence data generated by this new technology. Sophia's sophisticated algorithms can provide the clinical accuracy that is required to provide meaningful, targeted therapies." Dr. Mike Lynch, OBE


SCIENTIFIC BOARD

Lars Steinmetz

Professor of Genetics at Stanford University and Co-founder             

Prof. Steinmetz is a leading scientist at the forefront of genomics research and technology development. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University and a PhD in 2001 from Stanford University. At the age of 27, he started his own research group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), with the aim to dissect the molecular events that lead from genotype to phenotype. In 2009, Dr. Steinmetz founded the department of Genome Biology at EMBL and became its first co-chair, which consists of over 100 scientists and 9 research teams. Since 2013, Dr. Steinmetz splits his time between EMBL and Stanford University, where he is Professor of Genetics at the School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center at which he has led a research team since 2003. Dr. Steinmetz’s fundamental discoveries have led to insights into the genetic basis of complex traits ranging from model systems to humans. In addition to his academic endeavours, Dr. Steinmetz is a consultant and board member of several companies, advising in the areas of genetics and personalized medicine.

Leroy Hood

Founder of Institute for Systems Biology       

Dr. Leroy Hood is a pioneer in systems approaches to biology and medicine. Dr. Hood’s professional career began at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA sequencer and synthesizer and the protein synthesizer and sequencer–four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping of the human genome and lead to his receiving the prestigious Russ Prize in 2011, awarded by the Academy of Engineering. A pillar in the biotechnology field, Dr. Hood has played a role in founding more than fourteen biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Darwin, The Accelerator and Integrated Diagnostics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, one of only 10 people in the world to be elected to all three academies. In addition to having published more than 700 peer reviewed articles, he has coauthored textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, as well as a popular book on the human genome project, The Code of Codes. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lasker Award, the Kyoto Prize and the Heinz Award in Technology. Dr. Hood has also received 17 honorary degrees from prestigious universities in the US and other countries.

Jean-Pierre Hubaux

Professor of Information and Communication Sciences at EPFL

Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux is a faculty member of the School of Information and Communication Sciences at EPFL. His research aims at laying the foundations and developing the tools to protect privacy in tomorrow’s hyper-connected world. He is focusing notably on network privacy and security, with an emphasis on mobile/wireless networks and on data protection, with an emphasis on health-related data and especially genomic data. He has also studied privacy and security mechanisms (especially for mobile networks) in the presence of selfish players.He has worked on the topic of genome privacy since 2011 and has designed related cryptographic solutions, notably in collaboration with the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV). He has co-chaired the first workshop devoted to the topic (in Dagstuhl, Germany, in 2013) and is a co-founder and chair of the steering committee of the International Workshop on Genome Privacy and Security (GenoPri).He is a Fellow of both IEEE (2008) and ACM (2010).

Amos Bairoch

Professor of Bioinformatics at University of Geneva  

Prof. Amos Bairoch is a pioneer in bioinformatics. Co-Founder of Swissprot and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Amos Bairoch also contributed to the Data Library group of the EMBL, which has now become the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and is co-responsible for the development of ExPASy the world’s first web site dedicated to protein molecular biology. Professor of Bioinformatics and Director of the Department of Human Protein Science at the University of Geneva, Amos Bairoch is head of the CALIPHO group of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. Until June 2009, Amos was head of the Swiss-Prot group which develops the Swiss-Prot knowledgebase as well as PROSITE, a database of protein families and domains and ENZYME, a database of information on the nomenclature of enzymes. Amos has been awarded several distinctions, the last of which is the HUPO Distinguished Achievement Award, in 2011.

Jan O. Korbel

Group Leader at EMBL Heidelberg          

Dr. Jan O. Korbel is a groupleader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, in the Genome Biology Unit. He has a PhD in Molecular Biology and performed his Postdoc at Yale University. He leads several major consortium projects and works on more than 10 organizing committees and programs in Europe and the US. In the last two years he was elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, received the Manfred-Fuchs-Award for work on self-regulation in science, and the Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Award for biomedical research achievements. He is also in the „40 under 40“ list of the journal “Cell” and member of the Cancer Research UK “Science Committee”, responsible for the oversight and development of UK’s principal basic & translational cancer research program. He has published 76 papers indexed in PubMed, of which 17 are in Nature, Science or Cell, and works as an Ad hoc peer-reviewer of the highest scientific journals.

Peter Wild

Senior consultant at Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology, University Hospital of Zurich

Dr. Wild, Peter J., MD, is a senior consultant at Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology, University Hospital Zurich. He holds an academic rank of Professor of Systems Pathology, University of Zurich. His research focuses on molecular genetics of solid tumors. He has successfully established NGS technologies for diagnostic molecular pathology, and oranizes the Molecular Tumorboard Zurich (MTBZ). He completed his Pathology residency from the University of Regensburg, Hamburg-Eppendorf and Zurich in 2008. He has completed a postdoctoral training in Medical Biometrics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. For a two year postdoctoral training in cell biology, he joined the lab of Willy Krek at ETH Zurich. In April 2010 he also received his Venia Legendi in Pathology from the University of Zurich. He receives funding for research from the European Commission (H2020, PrECISE), Oncosuisse and the Swiss National Science Foundation. He has been honored with various awards during his training and career, including the Rudolf-Virchow-Prize of the German Society of Pathology in 2013. Dr. Wild has co-authored more than 155 articles in peer-reviewed journals.