Powerful change starts with passionate people.

Quantgene is a team of pioneers dedicated to the mission of defeating cancer. We are oncologists, clinicians, technologists, data scientists and business innovators coming together to change the future of medicine.


Jo Bhakdi
/ Founder & CEO

Jo Bhakdi is the founder and CEO of Quantgene. His work in machine learning, sequencing technology, and DNA extraction procedures defines the cutting edge of genomic diagnostics, early disease detection, and precision medicine.

Prior to Quantgene, Jo founded i2X, an investment framework that composes low-risk Venture Capital portfolios across large numbers of technology startups. The i2X platform laid important foundations for advanced analytics in both financial and biotechnology applications, such as the Quantgene machine learning platform.

Bhakdi holds a Masters in Economics and Psychology from Tubingen University, one of Germany’s leading academic institutions, with a focus on financial theory and statistics. He kicked off his career at WPP and Omnicom, where he held Strategy and Executive Director positions.
Beyond his focus on technology and the future of medicine, Bhakdi is dedicated to bringing together the best and brightest and transforming them into pioneers, pushing the boundaries of health, life, and innovation for all.

Monika E. Hagen, MD, MBA
/ Chief Medical Officer

Monika E. Hagen, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer of Quantgene and a board-certified General Surgeon, specializing in bariatric surgery. Trained in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States, she has over a decade of experience as a medical doctor, academic surgeon, teacher, medical device expert, and clinical trial specialist. She also received her MBA from the University of Wales in Cardiff, UK.

Dr. Hagen is an international thought leader and lecturer in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, as well as surgical robotic technology and its clinical applications. She is a frequent speaker at medical conferences and has published extensively on topics ranging from robotic surgery to clinical trial design to the future of medicine.

Prior to joining Quantgene and utilizing her clinical, strategic planning, and business development expertise, she has served as a regular consultant to financial, technology, medical, and biotech companies. Dr. Hagen divides her time between professional roles in Geneva, Switzerland, Silicon Valley, and Santa Monica, California.

Michele Merritt
/ VP, Commercial Development

Michele Merritt is the Vice President of Commercial Operations at Quantgene where she is responsible for launching and implementing new products in the screening and oncology markets. She has a 15+ year track record at the account, management, and executive levels in pharma, molecular diagnostics and genetic testing companies.

Michele is a leader in the field, with an impressive history at Genomic Health, Ambry Genetics, Exact Sciences and Response Genetics.

She has launched and implemented several national sales campaigns for new products like Cologuard, Oncotype DX and others. Her experience in the field comes with a deep clinical network and work history with the nation’s leading physicians and oncologists. She has a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois.

William Rickets, PhD
/ Director of Clinical Affairs

William Ricketts, PhD is the Director of Clinical Affairs at Quantgene and is responsible for developing studies to validate new products and identifying areas of unmet medical need.

Dr. Ricketts has been in diagnostic development for more than fifteen years.  He has designed, developed, and launched several CLIA cleared tests for cancer and autoimmune disease.  In this role, he has written protocols and worked extensively with physicians to validate new tests and technologies for use in the clinical laboratory.

Dr. Ricketts received his BA from the University of Virginia and his PhD from the University of CA-San Diego.  He is currently a Society of Gynecologic Oncology member and the American Association of Cancer Researchers.

Troy Skabelund
/ Interim CFO

Troy Skabelund, Partner at Preferred CFO, has served as a financial consultant, leader, and CFO for over 23 years, including direct experience in the private
equity, venture capital, family office, angel investor, and corporate M&A sectors. He has worked with companies ranging from early stage startup to global
conglomerate in a variety of industries, including 12 years of Fortune 100 experience as an executive for the Walt Disney Company, where he served on
the Financial Talent Advisory Board.

Troy’s experience includes financial modeling, forecasting, planning, budgeting, and accounting, as well as operational and deal-related projects from $25k up to
$4 billion. He has prior consulting experience with projects including revenue maximization, valuation, due diligence, operational benchmarking, process improvement, organizational design, restructuring, turnaround, system implementation, R&D tax credits, compensation planning, and pricing strategy.

A CPA and former public accountant, Troy has handled audits for accounting, IT, industry compliance, expense management, media measurement, and internal
operations. He has meaningful board experience,  having served as the Audit Committee Chair for multiple organizations.

Over the course of his career, Troy has leveraged his combined skills and expertise to help founders establish, grow, capitalize, expand, enhance, and exit
their businesses. This work has involved companies ranging from pre-revenue to over $48 billion in revenue.

Jennifer Freiling
/ Senior Director, Marketing

Jennifer is responsible for Quantgene’s marketing strategy, planning and implementation across corporate, employer and product brands. She manages the marketing team and is working to build out the department structure as the company continues to grow.

Jennifer brings with her 14 years of healthcare marketing and advertising experience. She has deep expertise in strategic patient-centric marketing having worked with world-leading companies including Gilead, J&J, Merck, Sanofi and Lilly. She has also led the launch of several pharmaceutical brands including Cialis for BPH, Sanofi’s insulin Toujeo and the omni-channel support platform for Gilead’s Hepatitis C portfolio. Most recently, Jennifer held the role of Group Account Director at Wunderman Health, overseeing multiple pieces of business with a focus on data-driven marketing.

Jennifer spent nine years growing up in Tokyo Japan; an experience that has added to her understanding of diversity and nuance in her work. Jennifer has a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University’s Barnard College.


Christina Curtis, MD, PhD
/ Medical Oncology
/ Stanford University

Assistant Professor of Medicine in oncology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on systems biology and computational approaches to establish a quantitative and mechanistic understanding of cancer progression. Dr. Curtis developed an integrated experimental and computational framework to measure clinically relevant patient-specific parameters and to measure clonal dynamics during tumor progression and through therapy. She aims to develop a systematic interpretation of genotype/phenotype associations in cancer by leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and robust data integration techniques.

Cristina Ferrone, MD
/ GI Surgical Oncologist
/ Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Ferrone is the Surgical Director of the Liver Program in the Division of General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has 22 years of experience, and her specialties include surgical oncology and surgery. She focuses in gastrointestinal malignancies and metastatic liver disease, immunologic treatment of solid tumors and GI malignancies and primary hepatic and pancreatic cancers.

Darcy V. Spicer, MD
/ Medical Oncology
/ Keck School of Medicine, USC

Dr. Spicer is the associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief of the Division of Medical Oncology at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer and Hospital. He chairs Keck's Institutional Review Board. He is also a medical oncology attending physician at both the LAC+USC Medical Center and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the General Medicine Ward Attending Physician at LAC+USC Medical Center. Dr. Spicer is the founder of Balance Pharmaceuticals based in Los Angeles.

Linda Rosenstock, MD, MPH
/ Ethics and Health Policy
/ Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA

Dr. Rosenstock is the Dean Emeritus of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Board of TSO3 Inc., Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Medicine at UCLA. She focuses on clinical care, health care delivery, population health, research and health and regulatory policy. She also served as Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where she created the National Occupational Research Agenda- a framework for guiding occupational safety and health research- to identify and address pressing workplace health risk.

George A. Poultsides, MD, MS, FACS
/ Surgical Oncology
/ Stanford University

Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Poultsides specializes in the removal of liver, pancreatic, and other abdominal tumors. He is currently researching outcomes analysis following multidisciplinary treatment of hepatic, pancreatic and gastrointestinal malignancies. He also developed a novel interdisciplinary research program assessing the completeness of surgical resection for pancreatic cancer. Dr. Poultsides is a recipient of the John AustinCollins, MD annual teaching award from the Stanford Surgery.

Eren Berber, MD
/ Endocrinology and Surgical Oncology
/ Cleveland Clinic

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic where he also serves as the Director of Robotic Endocrine Surgery and co-director of Liver Tumor Ablation Program. His specialties include laparoscopic and robotic liver surgery, laparoscopic liver tumor ablation, robotic surgery, conventional and minimally invasive endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas). Dr. Berber has authored120 peer-reviewed papers and 15 book chapters. He serves on the Editorial Board of Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy. He is a member of numerous surgical societies, including American College of Surgeons and serves on multiple committees.


Philippe Morel, MD, PhD
GI Surgical Oncology
Clinic General Beaulieu
  • • Independent Surgeon, Clinic General Beaulieu of the Swiss Medical Network
  • • Former Chief of Surgery, University Hospital Geneva
  • • Specializes in pancreas, kidney, islets and liver transplantation and robotic surgery
  • • Performed about 1,500 robotic surgical procedures to-date
Julie Lang, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncology
Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • • Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery - Director, Breast Cancer Program
  • • Expert in the field of breast surgical oncology, with strong expertise in both clinical care and research in the field of breast cancer
  • • Research focused on circulating tumor cells, clinical trials, locally advanced/ inflammatory breast cancer and radiation-induced sarcoma
Marcia Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD
Surgical Oncology
Comprehensive Cancer Center, UPR
  • • Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry
  • • Leads a Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the UPR Cancer Center; a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, basic and clinical scientists, and epidemiologists with an expertise in gastrointestinal cancer
  • • Identifying genetic and epigenetic pathways for colorectal carcinogenesis among Hispanic patients
Jay Redan, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncology
  • • Medical Director of Minimally Invasive General Surgery and directs the Chronic Abdominal and Pelvic PainProgram at AdventHealth
  • • Expertise in robotic, single-site, incisionless and endoscopic surgical techniques
Minia Hellan, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncology
Kettering Medical Center
  • • Surgical oncologist at Grandview Medical Center, Kettering Medical Center
  • • Research in surgical oncology
  • •Published dozens of articles, book chapters, and research papers on various topics in cancer treatment


Nathan Bahary, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • • Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • • Focus on identifying novel genes and pathways underlying normal gastrointestinal development and cancer
  • • Design of rational molecularly-based disease markers for early detection of gastrointestinal cancers and therapies
Andrew E. Hendifar, MD, MPH
Medical Oncology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • • Medical Director, Pancreatic Cancer, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • • Specialize in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, and carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors
  • • Developing several groundbreaking therapies, including radio immunotherapy for neuroendocrine and pancreatic cancer


Setsuko K. Chambers, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
University of Arizona Cancer Center
  • • Bobbi Olson Endowed Chair of Ovarian Cancer Research
  • • Director of Women's Cancers, University of Arizona Cancer Center
  • • Professor and Division Director of Gynecology Oncology, University of Arizona
  • • Expertise in genetic counseling and management of women at risk for breast, ovarian and uterine cancers
Lynda Diane Roman, MD
Gynecologic Oncology
Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • • Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Research and Fellowship Program USC
  • • Co-director of the Lynne Cohen & Georgia Cord Preventive Cancer Care Clinic at the USC/Norris Cancer Center
  • • Gynecologic Medical Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Oncology, OB and GYN


Michael B. Lilly, MD
Medical University of South Carolina
  • • Associate Director of Translational Science, Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina
  • • Specifically looking at antibody-targeted chemotherapy for a newly recognized form of prostate cancer using a new biomarker in blood tests


Andrew J. Hung, MD
Urologic Oncology
Keck Hospital of USC
  • • Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology
  • • Associate Residency Program Director
  • • Director, Robotic Simulation &Education
  • • Expert in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for cancer and benign diseases of the kidney, bladder and prostate, joins the University of Southern California'sInstitute of Urology
Mike M. Nguyen, MD
Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • • Associate Professor of Clinical Urology
  • • Robotic and minimally invasive approaches for patients who are best treated surgically including robotic kidney-sparing partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer, and robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer
  • • Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Cancer Prevention Committee


Joshua A. Tepper, MD, FCFP, MPH
AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet
  • • Medical staff at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet
  • • Member of the Internal Review Board(IRB), Cancer Committee, and is Director of the Vein Clinic
  • • Principal investigator at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center for the EVOLVE research trial on kyphoplasty
  • • Minimally invasive vascular procedures


Dan Raz, MD, MAS
Surgical Oncology
City of Hope
  • • Co-director, Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program and Assistant Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • • Identifying new therapies to combat therapy resistance in lung cancer
  • • Targeting specific epigenetic changes to improve platinum sensitivity in lung cancer
  • • Studying barriers to lung cancer screening


Jorge Nieva, MD
Medical Oncology
Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
  • •Pioneered new technology for the detection of cancer cells in the peripheral blood and discoveries related to the fundamental mechanisms of the immune system
  • • Established a research program in virus-delivered cancer gene therapy and immunotherapy


Binoy Kumar Singh, MD, PhD
Northwell Health
  • • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • • Coronary artery bypass, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology
  • • Cardiovascular Disease - AmericanBoard of IM/Cardiovascular Disease


Anne Freund, MD
General Surgery
Kreiskrankenhaus MTK Kliniken
  • •Chief Surgical resident position in the division of digestive, vascular and thoracic surgery at the Kreiskrankenhaus MTK Klinikenin Bad Soden, near Frankfurt, Germany
  • • Focuses on the implementation of new surgical methods
  • • She is the author and co-author of a dozen of scientific articles and posters