Integrated Diagnostics, has announced that Kenneth C. Fang, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer and vice president of translational research and clinical development. He will lead development of the company's programs for early detection of complex diseases, including lung cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Fang, a distinguished physician-scientist with extensive industry experience in biomarker discovery and molecular diagnostics, was previously senior director for clinical development at XDx and on the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).
"Ken brings an essential - and rare - combination of experience in both molecular diagnostics and therapeutic development as an entrepreneur, a physician, and an academic scientist," said Albert A. Luderer, Ph.D., CEO of Integrated Diagnostics. "His leadership and broad range of business experience will be integral to Integrated Diagnostics as we continue our swift transition to clinical and commercial development of our blood-based molecular diagnostics. In addition, his academic credentials will be a key asset in our ongoing work with our founding academic partners at The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and Caltech - and as we develop new academic partnerships."
Integrated Diagnostics uses proteomic and genomic techniques to identify and detect organ-specific blood proteins that appear at the earliest stage of disease. This work is based on Dr. Hood's groundbreaking research in protein blood markers at ISB. By monitoring blood proteins that are only synthesized in the organ of interest, the company's diagnostics gather systems level knowledge to identify subtle changes that result from disease or treatment.
"Lee Hood and Integrated Diagnostics possess unique technology and a clear vision for bringing the latest advances in molecular diagnostics out of the lab and into the hands of physicians and their patients," said Dr. Fang. "I am very excited to be working with Lee, Al, and the rest of the team to bring advanced diagnostics to market."
Prior to joining Integrated Diagnostics, Dr. Fang was a co-founder of Modus BioMedicine, where he led research and development of therapeutics and companion diagnostics to combat rejection of transplanted organs and other immune-mediated diseases. Earlier in his career, for nearly two decades, Dr. Fang was an assistant professor of medicine at UCSF, where he garnered RO1 funding from the National Institutes of Health and was a Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) investigator.
Dr. Fang received his B.A. in biochemistry and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCSF. He later completed postdoctoral research training at CVRI and is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonology.