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"An unlikely duo is trying to make sense of the avalanche of data that confronts cancer scientists, pointing the way towards a new era of research."

Erik Vance, Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science

David Agus, MD

Co-founder and Director

David Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering. He is the founding director and CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC. A medical oncologist, Dr. Agus leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to the development and use of technologies to guide doctors in making healthcare decisions tailored to individual needs, and directs the National Cancer Institute Physical Sciences in Oncology Center at USC. An international leader in new technologies and approaches for personalized healthcare, Dr. Agus serves in leadership roles at the World Economic Forum and other prestigious organizations. He is also a CBS News contributor. Dr. Agus’ three books “The End of Illness”, “A Short Guide to a Long Life” and “The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health” are all New York Times and international bestsellers.

Danny Hillis, PhD

Co-founder and Director

William Daniel (“Danny”) Hillis is an American inventor, entrepreneur, scientist, writer and visionary who is known for his work in computer science. He is best known as the founder of Thinking Machines, the pioneering parallel supercomputer manufacturer. After founding Thinking Machines, Hillis was a Fellow at Walt Disney Imagineering. More recently, Hillis co-founded Applied Minds, a technology R&D think-tank.

Currently, he is co-founder of Applied Invention, an interdisciplinary group of engineers, scientists and artists that develops technology solutions in partnership with leading companies and entrepreneurs.

Hillis is a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab, a Judge Widney professor of engineering and medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), professor of research medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, and research professor of engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering. He is the principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute’s Physical Sciences in Oncology Laboratory at USC.

Thought-leadership Videos

David Agus, MD:  Can we beat cancer by redefining it? (17:18)
David Agus, MD:  What does proteomics have to do with cancer survival? (5:59)
Danny Hillis, PhD:  Understanding cancer through proteomics (19:55)
David Agus, MD:  Can a computer analyze proteins as well as the human body? (23:50)