Sean George , , Ph.D. , , Chief Executive Officer

Sean is chief executive officer of Invitae, whose mission is to bring genetic information into mainstream medicine. Prior to his CEO position, he served as Invitae’s president and chief operating officer. Sean was a co-founder and CEO of Locus Development, an early stage genetic analysis startup that later merged with Invitae. Prior to co-founding Locus, he served as COO at Navigenics, an early leader in personalized medicine. Previously, he has also served as SVP of Marketing and SVP, Life Science Business at Affymetrix as well as VP, Labeling and Detection Business at Invitrogen. In the past, he has also worked at McKinsey & Co. and Molecular Probes. Dr. George holds a B.S. in Molecular Genetics from UCLA, an M.S. in Molecular Biology from UC Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from UC Santa Cruz.

Lee Bendekgey , , , Chief Operating Officer

Lee serves as Invitae's chief operating officer, overseeing the company’s growth and scale across all of its operations. Prior to his COO position, he served as Invitae’s chief financial officer. Lee's goal is to help make Invitae a trusted partner for patients, healthcare providers, payers, and investors. He has led finance, administrative, and operations functions at public and private genomics and biotechnology companies, including Incyte, Nuvelo, and DNAnexus. Lee earned his B.A. from Kalamazoo College and his law degree from Stanford Law School.

Tom Brida , , , General Counsel

Tom leads the legal team at Invitae and has more than 13 years of legal experience in the life science and diagnostic industries. He has a broad-based legal background and has advised both public and private multinational companies on transactional​​ and corporate matters. Prior to joining Invitae, he was Associate General Counsel at Bio-Rad Laboratories and an associate in Orrick's corporate and technology group. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University and his law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Michele Cargill , , Ph.D. , , Development Strategy

Michele serves as a member of Invitae’s strategy team. She has more than 17 years of experience as a human geneticist in both industry and academia, with a primary interest in discovering the genes that contribute to human disease and translating that information for patients and medical care professionals. Prior to co-founding Locus Development, Michele served as vice president of genetics at Navigenics and associate director of genomic collaborations at Affymetrix. She also served as senior staff scientist at Celera Diagnostics and scientific program manager at Celera Genomics. She trained under the tutelage of David Botstein at Stanford Medical School, where she earned her Ph.D. in genetics, and Eric Lander at the Whitehead Institute, where she did her postdoctoral training.

Robbie Evans , , , Strategic and Operational Analysis

Robbie leads Strategic and Operational Analysis at Invitae, which includes business intelligence, decision modeling, and internal consultancy. Having joined Invitae as a pre-commercial startup in 2012, Robbie has also at times led various operating, software, and commercial efforts at the company. Prior to joining Invitae, Robbie served in strategic planning for the San Francisco 49ers and in portfolio management for Stanford University's endowment management fund.

Robbie's professional passion is enabling effective decision making through the intersection of data analysis, critical thinking, and shared expertise. A cancer survivor since the age of 22, Robbie's work at Invitae has allowed him to connect that professional passion with his personal desire to create a better, smarter, more personalized healthcare system. Robbie holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.

Alex Furman , , , Organizational Development

Alex is a co-founder of Invitae, specializing in people analytics and organizational development. Invitae is dedicated to bringing genetic information into mainstream medical care to improve the health of billions. To meet the challenge, Alex leads the company's efforts to create a collaborative company culture that delivers innovation at scale. Invitae's proprietary talent management system, ORG1, was Alex's brainchild built on his recognition that the way people are evaluated and promoted should and could be based on data-informed decision making via a people analytics platform. Drawing on his expertise in software and belief that innovation could address many of the problems of traditional HR, ORG1 is now supporting an organization of 700-plus Invitae employees driving explosive growth for the company.

Alex is also on the Board of Directors for EcoShift Development, a firm offering a comprehensive range of sustainability planning services related to global climate change and environmental conservation. Prior to founding Invitae, Alex led software engineering at Navigenics, overseeing the design and implementation of the company’s technology platform. Alex spent prior years developing automated trading systems and financial planning software for several companies. A born and bred programmer, Alex wrote his first piece of code at age nine.

Shelly Guyer , , , Chief Financial Officer

Shelly leads Invitae’s finance team, helping to position the company as an innovator in the dynamic and ever-changing genomics market. Shelly has extensive experience building and leading strong financial functions as a senior executive and leader in life sciences, as well as domain expertise from years as an investment banker and venture capitalist. Prior to Invitae, Shelly was the CFO at Veracyte, Inc., a genomic diagnostics company. Prior to that, Shelly served as CFO and EVP of finance and administration at iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a digital healthcare company redefining the clinical diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias. She began her business career at Hambrecht & Quist and later J.P. Morgan Securities, where for more than 17 years she held various positions, including principal of healthcare banking for the West Coast, leading financings for a variety of large and small cap life science companies. Shelly holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Nussbaum , , M.D. , , Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Nussbaum has served as Invitae’s Chief Medical Officer since August 2015. Prior to joining Invitae, he was chief of the Division of Genomic Medicine at UCSF Health where he also held leadership roles in the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program beginning in January 2009 and the Program in Cardiovascular Genetics beginning in July 2007. From April 2006 to August 2015, he served as a member of the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics. Prior to joining UCSF Health, Dr. Nussbaum was chief of the Genetic Disease Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health, from 1994 to 2006. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Nussbaum is a board-certified internist and medical geneticist who holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT joint program in Health Sciences and Technology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and a fellowship in medical genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Eric Olivares , , Ph.D. , , Clinical Operations and Assay Development

Eric leads Invitae's sample processing, clinical sign out, and assay development teams. Eric has developed next-generation sequencing workflows for over a decade at both tool suppliers and instrument manufacturers. He joined Locus Development in 2011 to lead the molecular biology R&D group, which subsequently merged with Invitae. His goal is to continue to develop the highest quality, most robust, and lowest cost genetic tests in the world. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University and a B.S. in Genetics from University of California, Davis.

Katherine Stueland , , , Chief Commercial Officer

Katherine leads Invitae's commercial organization, overseeing sales, marketing, managed care, international, pharma/biotech collaborations, communications, investor relations, public relations, and advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining the team at Invitae, Katherine worked with private and publicly traded biotech companies, including serving as vice president of communications and investor relations at Dendreon Corporation, the first company to bring an immuno-oncology product to market. Katherine started her career in her hometown of Chicago, where she worked with a portfolio of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including TAP (Takeda/Abbott) Pharmaceuticals. Katherine serves on the board of The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer and graduated from Miami University in Ohio.

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