Executive leadership

Sean Emerson George , , Ph.D. , , Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Sean leads the Invitae team on its mission to bring genetic information into mainstream medicine to help improve healthcare for billions of people. A co-founder of the company, Sean has also served as Invitae’s president and chief operating officer, as part of the team that has propelled Invitae from early stage startup to a leader transforming the industry. Sean has long advanced the transformation of the genetics industry to increase access to help improve patient care. Before Invitae, he served as COO at Navigenics, an early pioneer in personalized genetics. Prior to that he served in a variety of product, operating and commercial roles at Affymetrix, Invitrogen and Molecular Probes. Following his graduate work, Sean was a consultant at McKinsey & Co serving in the biopharmaceutical and corporate finance practices. Sean 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.

Ken Knight , , , Chief Operating Officer

Ken oversees growth and scale across all of Invitae’s operations, with a focus on innovation on behalf of patients and clients. Prior to joining Invitae, Ken served as Vice President at Amazon.com, Inc., a multinational and diversified technology company, leading Amazon's Transportation Services, Global Delivery Services, and Global Fulfillment operations and human resources. Before his time at Amazon, Ken served as General Manager of the Material Handling and Underground business division at Caterpillar Inc. and in various senior executive capacities at General Motors Company, including leadership of global manufacturing engineering, advanced technology development, and operations. Ken holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Roxi Wen , , , Chief Financial Officer

Roxi leads Invitae’s Finance, Investor Relations, and Corporate Development teams, helping to scale the business globally by driving growth, capital allocation, financial management and the execution of our unique business model. Roxi brings decades of success as a senior business executive where she scaled global technology and medical technology companies. Prior to Invitae, she served as CFO at Mozilla Corporation, overseeing finance, M&A, business development, data and analytics, IT and engineering operations, workplace resources, and sustainability. Prior to Mozilla, Roxi served in CFO roles at Elo Touch Solutions and General Electric Critical Power following experience driving capital market and business finance efforts at Medtronic, a leading medical technology company. Roxi is a CFA shareholder and has a MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Desarie French , , , Chief Talent Officer

Desarie leads People & Culture at Invitae in sourcing, recruiting, developing, training and retaining the company’s most valuable asset: our team. Prior to joining Invitae, Desarie served in various human resources leadership roles at Thermo Fisher Scientific, serving multiple functions, businesses and regions with expertise in talent acquisition, M&A and regional leadership roles. Desarie holds a B.A. in Business from Cal Poly, SLO and an M.S. in Employee Relations from Penn State. Desarie has spent most of her career in the healthcare/biotech industry with a passion for building great teams in organizations committed to creating a healthier tomorrow.

Karthik Suri , , , Chief Product & Technology Officer

Karthik leads Invitae’s Global Products and Technology organization, including Research and Development of Invitae's testing products across all arcs, Data and Digital platform and services, Information Technology and Information Security. Previously, Karthik served as chief operating officer at GE Digital and COO for GE’s Industrial IOT and Data Platform. In addition, he has held leadership roles in platform technology companies including PayPal, eBay, Magento, Yahoo! and Barclays following his early career at GE.  Karthik serves on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Platform and Ecosystems group and also on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Northern California. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Chemistry from BITS, Pilani, India; a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University and a dual MBA from Columbia Business School and University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Lee Bendekgey , , , Chief Policy Officer

Lee leads Invitae's payer relations, policy and government affairs, regulatory and QA compliance functions, focused on making the company a trusted partner and advocate for patients, healthcare providers, and payers. Previously, Lee has served as both Invitae's chief operating officer and chief financial officer. 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.

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

Dr. Nussbaum leads Invitae’s medical team, which is driving forward the science and practice of medical genetics and improving clinical understanding of how to use genetics to improve patient care. 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, and the Program in Cardiovascular Genetics, as well as serving as a member of the UCSF Institute for Human Genetics. Earlier, Dr. Nussbaum was chief of the Genetic Disease Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the National Academy 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.

Tom Brida , , , General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary

Tom leads the legal and compliance team at Invitae. Tom has a broad-based legal background in the life science and diagnostic industries, having advised both public and private multinational companies on transactional and corporate matters. Prior to joining Invitae, Tom served as associate general counsel at Bio-Rad Laboratories and associate in Orrick's corporate and technology group. Tom holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a law degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

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