The highlight of Monday’s opening day of the Precision Medicine World Conference Virtual Meeting (PMWC 2021) “21st Century Precision Medicine in the Age of COVID-19” (Jan 25-27) (https://www.pmwcintl.com/covid/) was an hour-long Q&A session in which the extraordinary scientist Leroy Hood, MD, PhD, interviewed Anthony Fauci (photo, see additional photos at end), MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID) & US Leading Coronavirus Task Force Expert, covering a wide range of key COVID-19 topics. Dr. Hood also presented Dr. Fauci with the PMWC Luminary Award, which “recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to accelerate personalized medicine within the clinical setting.” In presenting the Award, Dr. Hood added that, in addition to all his earlier achievements, the Award recognized Dr. Fauci’s “utterly stellar service in the last year.” Dr. Hood (https://www.pmwcintl.com/speaker/lee-hood_providence-health_2021covi) is world-renowned for his visionary work in spearheading the development of a suite of five automated instruments that have revolutionized biomedical, biochemical, genetic, and biologic research, as well as pharmaceutical development--the automated protein synthesizer, the automated protein sequencer, the automated DNA synthesizer, the automated DNA sequencer, and the ink-jet oligonucleotide synthesizer. Dr. Hood is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and Senior Vice President and Chief Science Office for Providence St. Joseph Health.
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