Meet Our Team

We’re all about connecting the dots. From problem-solving to discovering new solutions, we pride ourselves on assembling a team that values curiosity, determination, and creative, empathetic thinking. Our visionary team is deeply committed to achieving optimal patient outcomes by empowering those at the point-of-care to diagnose with confidence and certainty in the same visit – an experience that is otherwise unachievable through traditional lab-based testing.

Board of Directors

Felix Baker, Ph.D.

Felix Baker, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2013. Dr. Baker is a Managing Member and Co-Founder of Baker Bros. Advisors LP, a biotechnology-focused investment adviser to fund partnerships whose investors are primarily endowments and foundations. Dr. Baker has served on the board of directors of Seagen, Inc. (previously Seattle Genetics, Inc.) since July 2003, Kodiak Sciences, Inc. since September 2015, Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. since October 2015 and IGM Biosciences, Inc. since January 2021. Dr. Baker holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Immunology from Stanford University, where he also completed two years of medical school.

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Melissa Gilliam, M.D., M.P.H.

Melissa Gilliam, M.D., M.P.H. has served on our board of directors since December 2020.  She is a highly accomplished physician and research scientist with an academic background rooted in the humanities and a lifelong dedication to service. Dr. Gilliam is the executive vice president and provost at The Ohio State University. In this role, she is the chief academic officer of one of the largest and most comprehensive universities in the country. Prior to joining The Ohio State University, Melissa Gilliam was the Ellen H. Block Distinguished Service Professor of Health Justice and Vice Provost. She has taught as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics since 2005. Dr. Gilliam is also the founder and Director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health, which conducts research to improve the health, education and wellbeing of adolescents. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Gilliam was an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also served as Adjunct Faculty to the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health. Dr. Gilliam received a B.A. in English from Yale University, an M.A. in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Oxford, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Rustem Ismagilov, Ph.D., Co-founder

Rustem F. Ismagilov, Ph.D. is one of our co-founders and has served on our board of directors since June 2013. Dr. Ismagilov is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Director of the Jacobs Institute for Molecular Engineering for Medicine at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been employed since July 2011. From July 2001 to June 2011, Dr. Ismagilov held various positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Chicago, including as a Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Ismagilov received a B.S. from the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed postdoctoral training at Harvard.

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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the biotechnology industry and has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since December 2021. Mr. Kelley joined Talis as the Chief Commercial Officer in September 2020.  Before Talis, Mr. Kelley was Vice President, Sales and Commercial Development of Genalyte, Inc., a healthcare analytics and point-of-care diagnostics company. Prior to Genalyte, Mr. Kelley served as Vice President, Marketing of Cardiff Oncology, Inc., a publicly held liquid biopsy company (formerly Trovagene, Inc.). Earlier in his career Mr. Kelley held various positions of increasing responsibility with Illumina, a publicly held biotechnology company, including Global Sales Manager for clinical applications of Next-Generation Sequencing and Director, Market Development, New and Emerging Opportunities. Mr. Kelley received a B.S. in Biology from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA. Anderson School of Management.

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Kim Popovits

Kimberly J. Popovits has served on our board of directors since March 2020. Ms. Popovits served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Genomic Health from January 2009, and as Chairman of the board of directors from March 2012, until its acquisition by Exact Sciences Corporation in November 2019. Ms. Popovits currently serves on the board of directors of 10x Genomics, Inc. since March 2020 and Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals since February 2018. In addition, Ms. Popovits serves on the boards of the Coalition for 21st Century Medicine and the Personalized Medicine Coalition. She also serves as an Executive Advisor to Blackstone Life Sciences and is an Advisor to the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). Ms. Popovits received a B.A. in Business from Michigan State University.

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Matt Posard

Matthew L. Posard has served on our board of directors since March 2016. Mr. Posard is a Founding Principal at Explore-DNA, Inc., a life sciences and diagnostics consulting firm, a position he has held since March 2016. Mr. Posard served as President and Chief Commercial Officer of GenePeeks, Inc. from February 2017 to April 2018 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Cardiff from March 2015 to May 2016. Mr. Posard also held various executive roles at Illumina from February 2006 to February 2015, including most recently as Senior Vice President, General Manager of New and Emerging Markets. Mr. Posard serves as Chairman of Nautilus Biotechnology, Inc. since January 2019, Stemson Therapeutics, LLC since March 2019, and DermTech, Inc. since July 2016. Mr. Posard also serves on the board of directors of Deepcell Bio since March 2022 and Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. since March 2013. Mr. Posard received a B.A. in Management Science from the University of California, San Diego.

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Randy Scott, Ph.D.

Randal Scott, Ph.D. has served on our board of directors since February 2016. Dr. Scott is a co-founder and Chairman of the board of directors of Genome Medical, Inc., a genomic medicine company founded in August 2016. Previously, Dr. Scott was a co-founder of Invitae Corporation where he served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer from August 2012 to January 2017 and Executive Chairman from January 2017 to August 2019. Prior to Invitae, Dr. Scott co-founded Genomic Health, where he served as Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer from August 2000 to 2009 and Executive Chairman from 2009 to August 2012. Dr. Scott has also served on the board of directors of BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. since June 2020 and Freenome Holdings, Inc. since December 2017. Dr. Scott received a B.S. in Chemistry from Emporia State University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas.

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Scientific Advisory Board

Rustem Ismagilov, Ph.D., Chair

Walter Koch, Ph.D.

Jane Schwebke, M.D.

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