Global Conference 2015

Speaker's Biography

Anna Barker

Fellow, FasterCures, a Center of the Milken Institute; Professor and Director, Transformative Healthcare Networks, and Co-Director, Complex Adaptive Systems Network, Arizona State University


Anna Barker is a fellow at FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute. She is a professor and director of Arizona State University's Transformative Healthcare Networks and co-director of its Complex Adaptive Systems Network, an organizing construct to develop innovative solutions to multidimensional problems in biomedicine. Programs include the National Biomarker Development Alliance and initiatives in evolutionary medicine. Barker's research interests include biomarker development and free-radical biochemistry in disease. Previously, she was deputy director of the National Cancer Institute and director for strategic scientific initiatives, where she developed and implemented several programs, including the Nanotechnology Alliance for Cancer, Cancer Genome Atlas, Clinical Proteomics Technologies Initiative for Cancer, Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers network, and national initiatives in biospecimen science and bioinformatics. Earlier, Barker was a senior executive at Battelle Memorial Institute and the CEO of a public biotechnology company. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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