PMWC 2014 Silicon Valley Honors YW Kan with New “Pioneer” Award at Annual Conference

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The Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) "Pioneer Award" to be given to YW Kan, an innovator of disease detection, as part of the seventh annual, two-day business and educational conference on January 27-28 at Silicon Valley's iconic Computer History Museum.

The Personalized Medicine World Conference, PMWC 2014, to be held on January 27-28, 2014 in Silicon Valley, provides real-world insights into the progress of personalized medicine. Participants can join the discussion and interact with key opinion leaders who are framing and forming the future of this rapidly changing industry. PMWC 2014 is co-hosted by Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Oracle.

This year, PMWC has launched a new honor, called the “Pioneer Award,” to be given on occasion to a rare individual who presaged the present day excitement regarding personalized medicine and made major advances in the field, even at a time when less-evolved technology and less encouragement from peers existed.

For the inaugural award, the Conference’s program committee has chosen to honor Dr. Yuet Wai Kan, an innovator in disease detection. Dr. Kan has pioneered the design and implementation of prenatal DNA-based screening tests for sickle cell anemia, thalassemias, and various other single gene disorders. Additionally, he discovered DNA polymorphism, used extensively in gene discovery.

Dr. Kan’s research has highlighted the links between specific genetic aberrations and congenital diseases, while also expanding knowledge of hematology and cellular microenvironments. His findings have led to additional research on gene expression control mechanisms, as well as the establishment of genetic disease models. Dr. Kan is currently working to use stem cell approaches to treat blood and infectious diseases.

Career Highlights
2013 Fellow of the AACR Academy
2011 Institute of Medicine
2009 Member, American Philosophical Society
2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America
2004 Shaw Foundation Prize in Life Science and Medicine
1996 Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1995 Helmut Horten Research Award
1991 Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award
1990 President, American Society of Hematology
1988 Member, Academia Sinica of Taiwan
1988 American College of Physicians Award
1987 Waterford Award in Biomedical Sciences
1986 Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
1984 Gairdner International Award
1984 Allan Award, American Society of Human Genetics
1981 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society
1980 D.Sc, University of Hong Kong
1979 Dameshek Award, American Society of Hematology
1958 MBBS, MD, University of Hong Kong

More detailed program information can be found at the PMWC Program Website:

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PMWC International is dedicated to transforming healthcare through the global adoption of personalized medicine. Launched by Silicon Valley investors and entrepreneurs in 2009, PMWC International has held several conferences in the U.S. and abroad to forge connections and drive innovation. For more information, please visit

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