Keynote Speakers

  Gregory C. Simon, JD, BA
Gregory C. Simon is President of the Biden Cancer Initiative. In this role he is working to develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.

Previously, he was the Executive Director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a position created by President Barack Obama for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016. As Executive Director, Greg assembled and led a team of eight professionals to support the work of the Vice President in developing and promoting the goals of the Cancer Moonshot in numerous meetings and presentations and to coordinate the work of the Task Force comprised of twenty cabinet and sub-cabinet offices.

Greg Simon has held senior positions in both chambers of Congress and the White House, been a senior strategy consultant to a variety of international technology CEO’s, led a national patient advocacy nonprofit he co-founded with Mike Milken and served as a senior executive at a large pharmaceutical corporation. He has developed a reputation as a visionary strategist, a dynamic public speaker and writer, and as a knowledgeable analyst of emerging trends in healthcare, information technology, innovative drug research and development and patient advocacy.

  Jan-Eric Litton, PhD
Jan-Eric Litton received his PhD from Karolinska Institutet in 1983. In 2002, he was appointed professor of biomedical computing technology at Karolinska Institutet. He was one of the driving forces behind the initiative that later evolved into BBMRI-ERIC and was BBMRI-ERIC’s first Director General from January 2014 - July 2017. Professor Litton was Executive Director and head of the largest medical infrastructure in Sweden,, and was coordinator of the Nordic BBMRI, a northern European research infrastructure. The first edition of the HandsOn: Biobank Congress, the predecessor of the Europe Biobank Week, saw the light in Uppsala in 2012. In 2015, he led the initiative in creating the Global Biobank Week.

Professor Litton, as keynote speaker, will open Global Biobank Week 2017. His speech will centre around ensuring the reproducibility and reliability of scientific work as the heart of medical science.