Guardant Health is a pioneer in non-invasive cancer diagnostics and the first company to commercialize a comprehensive genomic liquid biopsy.

Transforming cancer care

Our proprietary digital sequencing technology is transforming cancer treatment by providing an accurate and precise picture of the individual genomic alterations that cause tumors to grow, change, and develop resistance to treatment. We have combined decades of scientific research, advances in laboratory technology, and our breakthrough innovation in liquid biopsy to create a test that has already handled tens of thousands of samples.

Tumors evolve, treatment must too

Our current products are just the beginning of what we hope to accomplish, and new uses of our platform are emerging.

Today liquid biopsies are largely a tool for therapy selection for advanced cancers. But some day their utility will cover the entire cancer-care continuum. Liquid biopsies may soon be a tool for early detection, an aid in neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapy, and a non-invasive method for residual disease monitoring and recurrence monitoring.

We know cancer is a dynamic disease and evolves in the face of treatment, and understanding that evolution is critical to developing new treatment plans. We have built a massive database of genomic information about how advanced cancers respond to therapy, which will help us map the paths cancers take when under treatment pressure.

The more detail we add to this map, the better we will understand the disease, and the sooner we can hope to defeat it. We believe this resource can accelerate new drug development and improve the lives of all patients fighting cancer.

Our Team

To achieve our goal of turning cancer into manageable disease, we’ve drawn leadership from diverse disciplines and sectors including genomic sequencing, clinical oncology, digital signal processing, bioinformatics, healthcare reimbursement, laboratory operations, consumer web and mobile applications, and biopharmaceuticals.

Helmy Eltoukhy, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Helmy is an entrepreneur and pioneer in the biotech industry. After receiving his PhD, MS and BS degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, he joined the Stanford Genome Technology Center (SGTC) as a post-doctoral fellow in 2006 to work on low-cost DNA sequencing technologies. During his doctoral studies and at the SGTC, he developed the first semiconductor sequencing platform and first base-calling algorithm for next-generation sequencing under several NHGRI grants. In 2007, he co-founded Avantome to commercialize semiconductor sequencing to help speed up the democratization of high throughput DNA sequencing. At Illumina, Helmy was Senior Director of Advanced Technology Research, where he developed novel chemistries, hardware and informatics for genetic analysis systems.

AmirAli Talasaz, PhD

President & COO

AmirAli is an entrepreneur in the rare genomics and clinical diagnostics fields. Prior to co-founding Guardant, he was Senior Director of Diagnostics Research at Illumina and led the efforts for emerging clinical applications of next-generation genomic analysis. During that time, he developed different genomic technologies suitable for clinical applications. Before Illumina, he founded Auriphex Biosciences, which focused on purification and genetic analysis of circulating tumor cells for cancer management. The technology was acquired by Illumina in 2009. During his academic years, he led the Technology Development group at Stanford Genome Technology Center. AmirAli received his PhD in electrical engineering and MSc in management science from Stanford University.

Michael Wiley, JD, CPA

Chief Legal Officer

Michael joined Guardant Health in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and became its Chief Legal Officer in 2016. Prior to joining Guardant, Michael worked as CFO at Voyage Medical, a medical device company. Before Voyage, Michael was VP of Finance at Microchip Biotechnologies, Inc., where he led the team that raised both Series A and Series B financings for the company. Earlier in his career, Michael was a corporate attorney at Venture Law Group and acted as in-house associate counsel for Novell where he focused on intellectual property and employment issues. Before receiving a JD J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, Michael worked for KPMG as a tax advisor and CPA.

Rick Lanman, MD

Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Richard Lanman is responsible for clinical studies, publications, and physician education at Guardant Health. Richard previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of Veracyte, where he managed collaborations with academic and community-based physician thought leaders. He also led the studies and publications resulting in broad managed care coverage for the Afirma thyroid cancer test. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer for two cardiovascular biodiagnostic companies, diaDexus and Atherotech. Prior to Atherotech, Richard was the medical director and senior vice president of San Jose Medical Group and a chief of quality at Kaiser Permanente. He completed his internship and residency at the University of California San Francisco, after receiving an MD from Northwestern University and a BS in chemistry from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Derek Bertocci

Chief Financial Officer

Derek is responsible for all finance and accounting functions within Guardant Health. He has more than two decades of experience leading the finance operations of life science and biotechnology companies. He served as CFO of VISX, the developer of laser vision correction, as well as Laserscope, BioForm Medical, Accuray Incorporated, and most recently Achaogen, where he oversaw its successful initial public offering.

Mark Jacobstein

Chief User Engagement Officer

Mark has held numerous senior executive roles in mobile software and consumer Internet companies since 1994, when he founded the world’s first online fantasy sports company, Small World Sports, as well as the first web agency in New York City. Mark was co-founder and President of Digital Chocolate, and an EVP at loopt. Most recently, Mark was CEO of mobile VoIP pioneer iSkoot before its acquisition by Qualcomm, where Mark served as Vice President of Qualcomm iSkoot Technologies. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University.

Bill Smith, JD, MPA

Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property

Bill has decades of experience handling complex biotechnology patent matters, with a focus on building world-class patent estates protecting groundbreaking platform inventions. He most recently served as the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs for Fluidigm Corporation. Prior to Fluidigm, Bill founded the biotechnology practice at Townsend & Townsend (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton), one of the country’s top intellectual property law firms. He holds a JD/MPA from the University of Southern California’s Law Center and a BA in Biology from UC San Diego.

Andy Ament

Vice President, Operations

Andy is responsible for Operations at Guardant Health, overseeing Clinical Operations, Research Operations, Engineering, Quality, Supply Chain, and Facilities. Andy brings experience scaling operations in biotech companies such as Incyte Genomics, Genitope Corporation, and Genomic Health. In his most recent role as VP of Operations at Adaptive Biotechnologies, Andy led two CAP/CLIA Reference Laboratories, as well as Process Engineering, Facilities, and Supply Chain teams in South San Francisco and Seattle.

Jenn Buechel

Vice President, Product

Jenn has led product development and engineering teams across the consumer goods, life sciences, and environmental sectors, including leadership roles at Genentech, Procter and Gamble, and Kraft Foods. Jenn has also advised Fortune 500 companies at McKinsey & Company and is a board member and advisor to D-Rev, a non-profit focused on medical product design. She received Masters degrees in Business Administration and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and holds a BScEng in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University in Canada.

Darya Chudova, PhD

Vice President, Bioinformatics

Darya leads Guardant Health’s growing bioinformatics function and has deep experience developing analytical methods and software for interpreting genomic sequencing data for Illumina and Veracyte. She has an extensive background in probability and machine learning, and her work exploring the use of genomic sequencing in non-invasive prenatal testing has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. She holds a PhD in computer science from the University of California, Irvine.

Morteza Minaee, LP.D

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

Mort has more than 25 years of experience in the FDA-regulated medical devices and global diagnostic industry leading regulatory, quality-systems, and clinical-affairs organizations. Prior to Guardant Health, he served as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs at Roche resulting in FDA clearances of multiple digital pathology applications including breast cancer biomarkers. Previously he also held senior positions in Regulatory, Clinical Affairs, and Quality for companies such as Abbott Molecular and Siemens Healthcare. He holds a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University, and MS in administration from Boston University.

Marcel Roche, CPA

Vice President, Finance

A Certified Public Accountant with an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Marcel has led financial teams for years at biotech and clean-tech companies of all sizes. He spent eight years managing a global team of finance professionals at Illumina and served as the corporate controller for Picarro.

Daniel Simon

Vice President, BioPharma Business Development

Daniel is responsible for building our partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He brings more than a decade of experience in the life sciences industry across business development, strategy, and operations. Previously, Daniel served in roles at MyoKardia, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey & Company, and Genentech. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and an MA Hons. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Stan Skrzypczak

Vice President, Corporate Development and Reimbursement

Stan has more than 25 years of global experience in both diagnostics and cancer therapeutics. He has held senior strategic commercial, reimbursement, and business development roles at Genentech, Genomic Health, and Invitae. He currently leads US reimbursement efforts and international commercial development. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a MS in Immunology and Microbiology. 

Our Advisors

Maurice Stroun, PhD

Professor, University of Geneva

David S Hoon, PhD

Head of Molecular Oncology Research, John Wayne Cancer Institute

Eric Topol, MD

Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute

Razelle Kurzrock, MD

Senior Deputy Director for Clinical Science, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

David Gandara, MD

Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Ronald W. Davis, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics, Stanford School of Medicine

Our Investors

Sequoia Capital Khosla Ventures Lightspeed Venture Partners OrbiMed

Our Partners

We work with bio-pharmaceutical partners, digital health companies, patient advocacy groups and international distributors to make sure our products provide the greatest benefit. If you are interested in building partnerships to improve care for cancer patients, we want to know.

Our Board

Helmy Eltoukhy, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

AmirAli Talasaz, PhD

President & COO

Samir Kaul

General Partner, Khosla Ventures

Aaref Hilaly

Partner, Sequoia Capital