Our Leadership


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Amanda L. Elms

FOUNDER | CEO

Amanda has 19 years’ experience in the molecular diagnostics industry specifically in the commercialization of novel tests and technologies. As the founder of Four Elms, LLC, an executive consulting firm, she worked with start-ups to large, publicly-traded companies in product development and commercial strategy. As the Vice President, Commercial Operations of TessArae, LLC, she developed the commercial business strategy for a reproductive medicine assay and executed it with other members of the executive management team. She has experience with the successful launch of several products in the biotechnology space and was an integral member of the commercialization team at Signature Genomic Laboratories (SGL). Amanda has the knowledge and successful track record of launching products and applications that represent a paradigm shift in molecular diagnostics. Amanda obtained a B.S. in Genetics from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University.

 
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Bassem A. Bejjani, MD

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Bassem is a Medical Geneticist with past certifications in Pediatrics, Molecular Diagnostics, Cytogenetics and Medical Genetics. He has practiced all of his medical specialties in academic and private settings for almost 30 years, and published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in the genetics and genomic fields. Bassem’s corporate experience includes the founding of two successful companies: Signature Genomics Laboratories (SGL) and Molecular Controls. He served as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Board Director of SGL. As a practicing geneticist, faculty in academia and as CMO in the industry, he has founded and lead a genetics fellowship-training program at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, and supervised and worked closely with clinical geneticists and genetic counselors. Bassem is also Clinical Professor at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine where he teaches genetics. He is also Chair of the Washington State Arts Commission and Vice President of Caravan, an interfaith art organization, dedicated to peace building though the arts between the creeds and cultures of the East and West. Bassem brings critical expertise in both the understanding of the acute need for high quality, affordable genetic counseling services and the building of commercial organizations. Bassem received a M.D from the American University of Beirut.

 
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Cassidi Kalejta, MS, LCGC

DIRECTOR, GENETIC COUNSELING SERVICES

Cassidi is a Certified Genetic Counselor and a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She came to Metis Genetics after working in the Cancer Genetic Counseling Program at INOVA Health System in Northern Virginia, where she enjoyed counseling patients mainly on hereditary breast cancers. While there, she also engaged in many outreach opportunities, including a premiere screening of the movie Decoding Annie Parker at which Cassidi was the genetics expert on a Q&A panel following the movie. She has also spoken at both patient retreats and healthcare provider conferences on the importance of genetics and genetic counseling. Cassidi obtained a B.S. in General Biology from Cedar Crest College, and a M.S. in Genetics and Human Genetics from Howard University. Her clinical rotations were at many different institutions around the DC Metro area covering various subspecialties of genetic counseling.

Metis Genetics Trusted Advisors


ALBERTO L. ROSA, MD PHD

Trusted Advisor, Neurogenetics and International Affairs

Alberto L. Rosa, MD, PhD is a Medical Geneticist and Molecular Biologist with expertise in general Clinical Genetics, Neurogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics. He obtained his academic degrees in both Medicine and Chemistry, completing his two PhD degrees in the respective disciplines (e.g. Clinical Genetics and Molecular Biology). Dr. Rosa developed his clinical and medical research activities in both France and the US, being Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine (TX), Research Professor at Washington State University (WA) and Co-Director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory of the Sacred Heart Medical Center (WA). Dr. Rosa’s corporate experience includes the founding of GENBIOMOL, a successful molecular diagnostic laboratory, and serving as Chief Medical Officer and Board Director. He was recognized by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an International Researcher (1997-2002) and has received numerous awards both for teaching and for research. Dr. Rosa has published about 50 peer-reviewed articles on topics related to clinical genetics and molecular biology and is currently Chairman of the Department of Clinical Genetics and Director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of Sanatorio Allende (Argentina). He is also an advisor of the Latin America’s Teletons, health care organizations devoted to patients with rare diseases, neuromuscular disorders and inherited diseases. His medical consulting expertise included patients from all around the world, including the US, Europe, Mexico as well as Central and South America. Dr. Rosa contributes to Metis his international expertise in genetics as well as his knowledge on the richness of the wide cultural identities among Spanish patients.

 
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STEPHANIE M. WARE, MD PHD

Trusted Advisor, Cardiogenetics

Stephanie M. Ware, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical and Molecular Genetics, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in Medical and Molecular Genetics, and Program Leader in Cardiovascular Genetics, Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Ware graduated Summa cum laude with highest honors in Zoology from Butler University. She earned her MD and PhD degrees at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her pediatric residency and clinical genetics fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Ware’s research interests include the genetic and developmental basis of disorders of cardiac structure and function. Her research laboratory has made significant contributions in the areas of congenital heart defects and cardiomyopathy. Dr. Ware is a member of the American Heart Association, the American Society for Human Genetics, the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and is Faculty of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. She has received a number of scholarly awards for her research. Dr. Ware has a longstanding track record of independent funding from the NIH and multiple foundations for basic and translational research. In addition, she participates in multi-site initiatives including serving as PI of the Genetic Coordinating Center for the NHLBI funded study to identify genotype-phenotype correlations in pediatric cardiomyopathy and serving as PI for the Cytogenomics of Cardiovascular Malformations Consortium. The long term goals of the clinical, translational, and basic research approaches are to identify causes and potential management of disorders of cardiac structure and function. Clinically, she evaluates and manages patients with genetic disorders and has specific expertise in cardiomyopathy and syndromes with cardiovascular disease. She was recruited to IUSM in March, 2014 to initiate a cardiovascular genetics program that would encompass clinical cardiovascular genetics services and basic and translational cardiovascular genetics research.

 
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JOY B. REDMAN, MS, LCGC, MBA

Trusted Advisor, Genetic Counseling and Molecular Genetics

Joy Redman, MS, LCGC, MBA is a licensed genetic counselor with over 30 years of experience in clinical and laboratory genetics and genetic counseling.  She worked as a prenatal genetic counselor at Baylor College of Medicine and at the Laboratories for Genetics Services, where she provided counseling for high risk pregnant patients and developed satellite clinics.  She worked as a clinical and research genetic counselor at the National Eye Institute of the NIH, seeing patients with inherited retinal disease and contributing to research to identify glaucoma predisposing genes.  Since joining Quest Diagnostics in 2001, she has had a continued focus on molecular genetics and the translation of that information between the laboratory and clinician, to help ensure appropriate patient care.  She provides consultation and guidance on appropriate test ordering to healthcare providers.  She provides education to the lay public, commercial teams, and healthcare providers regarding Quest’s genetic test offerings.  During her tenure at Quest, she has served as co-manager of the genetic counselor organization and helped to triple the size of the team.  She currently serves as a Senior Manager on the Genomic Services team.

Joy earned her Bachelors degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Masters degree in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College, and her MBA from the University of Redlands.

 
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ALEKSANDAR RAJKOVIC, MD PHD

Trusted Advisor, Reproductive and Prenatal Genetics

Aleksandar Rajkovic, MD, PhD is the Chief Genomics Officer and a Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is a Stuart Lindsay Distinguished Professor in Experimental Pathology. He earned his medical degree from Case Western University, followed by an internal medical internship and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the Cleveland Metropolitan General hospital, and subsequent Medical Genetics fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine.

Prior to arriving at UCSF, he was the Chief of Medical and Laboratory Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he oversaw Pittsburgh’s cytogenomic, molecular genomic and pregnancy screening laboratories as well as adult/cancer and prenatal genetic clinical services. He also served as the director for genomic training programs that spanned clinical genetics and genomics, clinical biochemical genetics, and laboratory genetics and genomics.

He has served as a member and director on numerous NIH study sections and workshops, the March of Dimes advisory committee on prematurity, the Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award Advisory Committee, and the ACOG Committee on Genetics, among others.  He has been the principal investigator on NIH grants that studied various aspects of reproductive genomics, women’s health, and leiomyoma tumors. He has published more than 120 original peer reviewed articles in leading medical journals including NEJM, JAMA, Nature Genetics, Science, and JCI. He has been elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigators and American Association of Physicians.


 
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L. THOMAS RICHARDS, MD

Trusted Advisor, Finance and Corporate Strategy

L. Thomas Richards, MD has more than 20 years of professional experience in the industries of healthcare and finance. Most recently, he served as the interim CEO of One BioMed, a Singapore-based molecular diagnostics company developing novel, silicon biophotonics technology for clinical infectious disease testing at the point-of-care. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Nanomix, an immunology-based point-of-care diagnostics company focused in the areas of sepsis and cardiology for the emergency medicine market in addition to his advisory role at Metis Genetics. Prior to that, Dr. Richards led an emerging molecular diagnostics company as the CEO of TessArae, which designed genetic tests for the reproductive health and infectious disease markets.

Dr. Richards became a life sciences executive after practicing as an academic physician on the clinical faculty of Stanford University and UCSF, where he was most recently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. Before attending medical school, Dr. Richards began his career as an investment banker in the mergers and acquisitions groups of several firms in New York, including Lazard Frères, UBS and SG Cowen. He has broad transactional experience in finance, having executed buy and sell-side M&A assignments, public and private capital raisings and leveraged buyouts.

Dr. Richards also has more than a decade of experience in board leadership. He has served as a Director of both public and private companies, including: Cowen Group; TessArae and One BioMed; and Witt/Kieffer.

Education
M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
M.Phil., English, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
B.A., English, Yale University, New Haven, CT

 
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BRICE TEBBS

Trusted Advisor, Information Technology

Brice Tebbs is a Computer Scientist and professional Software Developer with over 30 years’ experience focused on building technology tools with sophisticated user interfaces to assist field experts in accomplishing their work. With significant software accomplishments in various fields ranging from biotechnology to video games, Brice has proven capabilities to lead the development of Metis Genetics’ telegenetic technology. Brice developed Genoglyphix™, the software used at Signature Genomics Laboratories for visualizing and interpreting genetic test results. He led teams in the Echo and Kindle organizations at Amazon focused on building and refining the backend processes to enhance the end-user’s experience. He has multiple approved patents on software applications including 2D-3D rendering technologies, web-based genetics analysis and an interactive genome browser. Brice has a unique skill set that includes the expertise of software development for genetic interpretation, visualization and seamless patient processes. Brice received a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.