Morning Keynote SpeakerChristoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals
Christoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D., co-founded Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and has served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair since 2004. As CEO and Vice Chair, Dr. Westphal previously co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. These three companies trade at a collective market cap of roughly $2 billion. Dr. Westphal received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University. He graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University. Dr. Westphal was formerly a consultant with McKinsey, and a general partner in a venture capital fund. He has been lead author on several patent applications and papers in journals such as Cell and Nature Genetics. Dr. Westphal has received a number of academic and entrepreneurial awards. He is fluent in four languages; enjoys travel (having visited roughly 130 countries); and plays the cello.
Lunchtime Keynote Speaker & Robert A. Swanson Memorial LecturerCris Ross, MBA
Chief Information Officer, MinuteClinic
Christopher Ross is Chief Information Officer for MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based healthcare in the U.S. Founded in 2000, and with more than 500 clinics in 25 states, MinuteClinic has seen over 1.5 million patients with 99% patient satisfaction. At MinuteClinic, Ross is responsible for technology strategy and operations, and clinical and customer service call centers. Prior to joining MinuteClinic, he was CIO for United Behavioral Health, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Previously he was co-founder and president of a successful business technology consulting firm, a manager in the State of Minnesota’s technology operations, an analyst for a financial consulting firm, and a senior legislative assistant on the U.S. House Budget Committee. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and MBA degree from the Yale School of Management.