Ben Harmssen completed his undergrad in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also completed an Executive Business Program at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Early in his career, Ben worked on discovering genes for the Human Genome Project at Incyte Genomics. He is an inventor on a patent for some of his work mapping the human genome. Later, he worked as a researcher developing potential immunotherapies for a start-up called Gemune. Ben then moved into the business side of science where he worked his way up from being genomic application specialist, to a sales representative, and then to various sales management roles. He has experience managing multiple teams and over $200M of annual business. He is now an Executive Director for Covance Inc., the drug development subsidiary of Labcorp. In this current role, Ben manages a team of Business Development Directors focused on providing drug development solutions to Biotech and Pharma companies. Ben has always been passionate about cancer genetics, access to genetic testing, and personalized medicine.