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Mara G. Aspinall

Partner, Illumina Ventures

Aspinall is a healthcare industry leader and pioneer with a commitment to active civic involvement.  

Aspinall is a member of the Board of Directors of Abcam plc (AIM:ABC), 3Scan, Castle Biosciences, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, OraSure Technologies as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona.

Aspinall is the former President and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems, a division of the Roche Group, worldwide leader in development and commercialization of tissue-based cancer diagnostics. At Ventana, with her world class team, she led the company to new financial success, more than two dozen major instrument and assay launches and global leadership in companion diagnostics.

Previously, Aspinall spent 12 years with Genzyme as President of Genzyme Genetics and Genzyme Pharmaceuticals. Genzyme Genetics was sold to LabCorp for $1 billion in 2010. Aspinall was also Founder and CEO of On-Q-ity, a start-up diagnostic company dedicated to circulating tumor cells.

Aspinall has spearheaded initiatives to educate payers and policymakers on genomics and personalized medicine. She served as an active member of the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Genetics, Health & Society (SACGHS) in both the Obama and Bush administrations. Aspinall was also a Trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for 11 years, where she chaired the Trustee Science Committee.

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