We innovate in the fight against cancer because “standard” has never been good enough.

We are a genomic diagnostic company founded by a team of cancer biologists, urologic oncologists, and data scientists who came together with a common goal – to transform urologic cancer care through revolutionary genomics. Combining advances in next-generation sequencing and machine learning, our technology arms clinicians with insights that can help them better personalize their patients’ cancer care.

We are on the cusp of a new era of genomics in urology, and we are leading the way.

 

“Revolutionizing cancer care requires embracing the vast diversity of this disease to understand its root biologic cause. Our hope is that every person may have access to genomic data that improves the understanding of their unique cancer risk.”

Trevor Levin, Ph.D., Founder and CEO

Leadership

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Monica Ransom
Vice President of Clinical Affairs

Monica Ransom is Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Convergent Genomics, where she develops the overall clinical program strategy for products from early development to life cycle management and manages the execution of the clinical studies in early cancer detection. As a key leader in the organization, she provides counsel to its governing and oversight bodies, manages multiple clinical programs, and leads program teams to design and implement clinical studies to address patients’ needs and deliver on the company’s strategic vision.

 With a thorough understanding of clinical trial design, execution, and operations and a comprehensive grasp of FDA regulations, Monica has over 20 years of experience that includes global clinical trials across drugs (phases I-IV), devices and diagnostics. Her career consists of 12 years of clinical operations leadership, and her work at Convergent Genomics is anchored in the gratification of knowing that the investment, rigor, and exceptional caliber of the company’s clinical trials ultimately benefit the lives of the cancer patients it serves.

Trevor Levin
Ph.D., Founder, CEO

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Iden Haddadzadeh
Chief Operating Officer

Iden Haddadzadeh is the Chief Operating Officer of Convergent Genomics, providing oversight of key company operations, administration, and policies. He works closely with the executive team to envision and execute the company’’s strategic plan and also collaborates with department heads to draft and implement company-wide initiatives and protocols that support day-to-day productivity. Excelling at anticipating obstacles in business operations, he proactively addresses potential issues to ensure the company’’s continued record of success in providing personalized care to cancer patients.

A passionate and competent operations executive, Iden has over 12 years of experience shaping innovative companies and leading biotech startups. His contributions to early-stage genomic startups have resulted in various company-owned patents, multiple peer-reviewed publications, two startup acquisitions, multiple fundraising rounds for three different startups, and successful product launches in healthcare. Iden joined Convergent Genomics’’s founding team as the first operations and business hire in 2017 and played an instrumental role in growing the team, raising funds, and building the infrastructure that translated great science into a commercial product. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

Iden Haddadzadeh
Chief Operating Officer

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Dr. Brian Mazzarella
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Brian Mazzarella is the Chief Medical Officer for Convergent Genomics. In addition to building and overseeing the company’s Medical Affairs team, he provides clinical perspectives on regulatory licensing, reporting, and commercialization and input into clinical trial development and execution. Applying his skills as a urologist and clinician to the company’s entrepreneurial culture and rapidly growing business, he finds motivation in working alongside colleagues who are translating innovative science into clear, measurable, and accessible clinical impact.

Dr. Mazzarella is a board-certified and practicing urologist. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an experienced principal investigator and continues to lead urologic clinical research. Throughout his career as a urologist, he has been a leader in physician training, education, and the development of new products and technologies.

Dr. Mazzarella started his career helping those in need as a volunteer firefighter and EMT while completing his undergraduate degree.

Dr. Brian Mazzarella
Chief Medical Officer

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Vincent Bicocca, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Development

Vincent Bicocca, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and Development at Convergent Genomics. He leads a team committed to personalizing medical care for cancer patients through the identification of disease-specific genomic information that speeds diagnoses, informs therapeutic strategies, and supports disease monitoring.

Dr. Bicocca obtained his Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University in the lab of Dr. Brian Druker, where he discovered the receptor tyrosine kinase ROR1 as a therapeutic target in B-cell malignancies. As a postdoctoral fellow of the National Cancer Institute, he developed NGS-based methods and tools to study epigenetic mechanisms and genome regulation in the lab of Dr. Eric Selker at the University of Oregon.

Monica Ransom
Vice President of Clinical Affairs

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Barbara Hamlington
Senior Director
of Medical Affairs

Barbara Hamlington is the Senior Director of Medical Affairs at Convergent Genomics and is focused on building brand awareness and product understanding by facilitating collaborations with leaders in the field and amplifying the impact of scientific output generated by the company’s data and science teams. An essential partner to the executive team, she collaborates with the Chief Medical Officer to build out the medical affairs organization at Convergent Genomics.

Having earned her BS in Neuroscience and MS in Genetic Counseling at the University of Michigan, Barbara has extensive research, teaching, and commercial experience in the field of clinical science. She is energized by the challenges and potential of introducing a new diagnostic tool into clinical practice and embraces the opportunity to build and strengthen connections both within Convergent Genomics and the industry at large to further advance patient care.

Barbara Hamlington
Senior Director of Medical Affairs

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Kevin Phillips, Ph.D.
Director of Data Science
& Bioinformatics

Kevin Phillips is the Director of Data Science & Bioinformatics at Convergent Genomics, where he is dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients by leveraging genomic data analyses to speed diagnoses, inform therapeutic strategies, and support disease monitoring. His commitment to continuous quality control, data validation procedures, and patient information protection is a driving force behind the company’s ability to intelligently and non-invasively personalize medical care for individuals, establishing it as an industry leader through advances in genomics and machine learning.

Joining Convergent Genomics in 2016, Kevin trained as a physicist before entering the field of cancer biology, in which he developed quantitative optical tools to elucidate the physical properties of cancer at the cellular level. His technical expertise is complemented by interests in both entrepreneurship and business development, with the goal of translating data analysis into viable tools for clinical diagnostics that directly benefit patients.

Kevin Phillips, Ph.D.
Director of Data Science
& Bioinformatics

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Melissa Vidamo
Director of Clinical Lab Operations

Melissa Vidamo is the Director of Clinical Lab Operations at Convergent Genomics, where she has spearheaded numerous initiatives to streamline processes and enhance efficiency while maintaining strict adherence to quality and safety standards. Her passion for improving patient outcomes is evidenced by her commitment to continuous innovation and drives her dedication to cancer diagnostics.

Spanning over 20 years in healthcare, Melissa’s career includes pivotal roles at some of the top institutions in the field, including UC San Diego, Kaiser Permanente, Illumina, and Guardant Health. She earned both her BS and MD degrees at Saint Louis University in the Philippines and has visited seven continents and more than 60 countries, lending her a unique understanding of the challenges facing healthcare systems around the world. This valuable global perspective and her commitment to patients have shaped her approach to improving quality of care and has established her as a respected leader in the industry.

Vincent Bicocca, Ph.D.
Director of Research & Development

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Melissa Vidamo
Director of Clinical Lab Operations

Melissa Vidamo is the Director of Clinical Lab Operations at Convergent Genomics, where she has spearheaded numerous initiatives to streamline processes and enhance efficiency while maintaining strict adherence to quality and safety standards. Her passion for improving patient outcomes is evidenced by her commitment to continuous innovation and drives her dedication to cancer diagnostics.

Spanning over 20 years in healthcare, Melissa’s career includes pivotal roles at some of the top institutions in the field, including UC San Diego, Kaiser Permanente, Illumina, and Guardant Health. She earned both her BS and MD degrees at Saint Louis University in the Philippines and has visited seven continents and more than 60 countries, lending her a unique understanding of the challenges facing healthcare systems around the world. This valuable global perspective and her commitment to patients have shaped her approach to improving quality of care and has established her as a respected leader in the industry.

Melissa Vidamo
Director of Clinical Lab Operations