The Power of Genomics in the Future of Healthcare


Genomics is changing everything from oncology, to reproductive health, to genetic diseases.  And it is the underlying structure for the concept of 'personalized medicine'.  

In the realm of recent biomedical discoveries, the mapping of the human genome has to be the most revolutionary... and illumina is the at the forefront of research involving the human genome.  As a matter of fact, 6 of Time Magazine's top ten science breakthroughs in 2012 included research done by illumina.  According to Mr. Matt Possard, Senior Vice President of Translational and Consumer Genomics at Illumina Inc., the breakthroughs he presented in 2012 illustrate how genomic sequencing can help inform the decision making and care for patients from early to late care.  You can see the impact illumina is having in the research community here

Why is Genomics so important? 

You have probably heard the saying "It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease, than to know what sort of disease a person has."  So,on August 26th, come hear Karen Possemato, Chief of Staff at illumina, discuss the promise of unlocking the power of the genome to improve human health.  Her overview will cover the basics of genomics, including its potential and the impact it is having on society today. 

Time:         11:30 am Registration and Social Time
                 12:00 pm Lecture Luncheon  
Cost:          $50.00
Location:   La Jolla Country Club, 
                   7301 High Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Attire:        Business casual, no jeans
Register:   All registrations must be PRE-PAID by August 18th.  We cannot accommodate late registrations due to limited seating.

About our Speaker: 

Karen Possemato is Chief of Staff to the CEO and President of Illumina Inc. In her role, Karen oversees business operations, corporate communications and a variety of corporate programs, including philanthropy and community engagement. In her previous role as Sr. Director, Corporate Marketing, Karen built up the company’s marketing function from a team of two to a team of sixty, scaling public relations, online presence, brand strategy and marketing programs.  With nearly three decades in the life sciences/biotechnology industry, Karen has worked for industry-leading companies such as Qiagen and Invitrogen in commercial roles from technical support to product marketing. An alumni of the University of California, San Diego – Karen believes that the connection between education, industry and the community is essential to innovation.

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About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health. of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community.


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