With more than 14 years of experience in the tech and life science industries, Murali Prahalad, Ph. D. is the president and CEO of Epic Sciences.
Prior to joining Epic, Dr. Prahalad served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Life Technologies, where he helped shape the organic and inorganic investment priorities across the company’s research tools, clinical diagnostic and applied market portfolios. His experience at Life Technologies ranged from mergers and acquisitions to in-licensing and general management, where he led large businesses spanning genomics and cell biology. As a general manager, he grew revenue and profit by building stronger teams, driving innovation and managing operations for both consumable and instrument portfolios. These included Molecular Probes®, transfection (Lipofectamine®), custom primers and research antibodies, Life Technologies imaging instrumentation (FLoID®, TALI®, Countess®) and flow cytometry platforms (Attune®). Before Life Technologies, Dr. Prahalad was Vice President of Business Development at Sequenom, Inc.
Dr. Prahalad is proficient in several languages, including Japanese, French and Kannada. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular pharmacology as well as an M.S. in medical sciences from Harvard University. He also possesses a B.S. (Hons) in cellular & molecular biology and economics from the University of Michigan.
Pascal Bamford, Ph.D. is the Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Laboratory Operations at Epic Sciences.
Dr. Bamford spent his early career developing automated cytology imaging systems at CSSIP in Australia in collaboration with Accumed International of Chicago. He subsequently took on the role of Director of Imaging at MonoGen, where he developed an all-digital, microscopy-based, cervical cancer screening product, which was recognized as the first “killer app” for the field of digital pathology. During his five years at Ventana-Roche, Dr. Bamford held various roles of increasing responsibility in research, digital pathology and assay development, working on fluorescence multiplexing imaging systems and driving several bright field IHC algorithm CE-IVD and 510(k) clearances. More recently, Dr. Bamford led the detection reagent development of Ventana’s next generation staining platform.
Dr. Bamford obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. His research focused on how the cancer-associated changes in DNA structure detected in digital images could be used to automate the distinguishing of cervical cancer from normal cells. He is the author of six patents and more than 18 scientific publications.
Mr. Ryan Dittamore is the Chief of Medical Innovation and Head of Translational Research Partnerships at Epic Sciences. He is a recognized molecular diagnostics leader with extensive scientific, medical and business experience in developing and commercializing cancer diagnostics. At Epic Sciences, Mr. Dittamore leads product pipeline development initiatives with focus of developing novel predictive tests targeting critical unmet clinical decisions in metastatic patients. This included the development of OncotypeDX AR-V7 Nucleus Detect test, the first predictive test in prostate cancer, and first liquid biopsy test with novel clinical utility. Additionally, he is the head of the translational research partnerships team which includes initiation and execution of numerous oncology clinical trials with top academic/government investigators and strategic partnerships across >170 clinical trials with 45 biopharmaceutical companies.
Mr. Dittamore’s background includes a diverse set of roles spanning over 20 years in the diagnostic and life science industries. He has been involved in research, product development, marketing, business development, sales and global channel management. Before his tenure at Epic Sciences, Mr. Dittamore served as Director of Medical Innovation and Disease Lead for Genitourinary (GU) Cancers at Ventana Medical Systems (Roche Tissue Diagnostics). He led translational research, product development, and marketing efforts for GU medical value products. His work has led to numerous novel abstracts, publications, and patents towards improving patient outcomes.
Mr. Dittamore holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Oregon and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ian Miller is Chief Business Officer and General Counsel at Epic Sciences. Mr. Miller holds a B.S. in Biochemistry & Cellular Biology from UC San Diego, and a J.D. from Duke University, School of Law and has over 18 years of experience in the technology and life sciences industries. Prior to joining Epic Sciences, Mr. Miller was an associate at Covington & Burling, with a practice focused on complex commercial transactions for life sciences companies. His legal practice has also included extensive experience in both intellectual property and litigation matters.