Metis is comprised of people who are passionate about the power and potential of genetic-based medicine to positively impact patient outcomes. 

We understand first-hand the complexities of genetic testing, the benefit technology offers, and the unique requirements of our partners and their patients.

 

OUr Leadership

Amanda L. Elms - Founder | CEO

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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. 

 

Bassem A. Bejjani, MD - Chief Medical Officer

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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.

 

Brice Tebbs - Chief Technology officer

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Brice 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.

 

Cassidi kalejta, MS, LCGC - Director, Genetic Counseling services

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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.

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