MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Perthera, Inc., a McLean, Virginia full-service precision medicine company, today announced that Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr., U.S. Navy (retired) is becoming a Senior Advisor to the company. Perthera, which was founded in 2012, leverages biological, computational, and human expertise to help cancer patients and their medical care team precisely define and understand their cancer to develop a personalized treatment strategy.
"I have had the opportunity to become a board member or a strategic advisor to some exciting companies, but this is a unique dual opportunity of helping this Perthera achieve success in both business terms and in achieving its mission of fighting and conquering cancer," said Admiral Winnefeld.
Admiral Winnefeld will advise Perthera, Inc. on business matters.
"As we have gotten to know Admiral Winnefeld, we have gained a new appreciation for what an 'advisor' can mean to us. We are benefitting tremendously from his business and organizational insights, his understanding of our mission, and his ability to introduce us to numerous contacts who clearly respect him," said Andrew Mignatti, Perthera's CEO and president.
Admiral Winnefeld served in the United States Navy for 37 years. He was an instructor at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as "Top Gun," and served as senior aide-de-camp to General Colin L. Powell. He subsequently commanded a fighter squadron, the amphibious ship USS CLEVELAND, the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE, and the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Carrier Strike Group. As a flag officer, he commanded NATO Joint Command Lisbon, Striking and Support Forces NATO, the United States SIXTH Fleet, United States NORTHERN Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD.
Admiral Winnefeld retired in 2015 after serving as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's second-highest ranking military officer. He is a frequently published author and a director or advisory board member for companies operating in a broad spectrum of business sectors. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. He is a senior non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Also, he is on the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy and serves on the board of the U.S. Naval Institute.
ABOUT PERTHERA, INC.: Perthera is a founder- and growth fund-backed company founded in 2012 and based in McLean, VA, that has touched thousands of lives by providing precision medicine benefits to cancer patients, their loved ones, and the entire cancer care ecosystem. Perthera leverages biological, computational, and human information and expertise, through a growing family of integrated products and services often using the company's own proprietary technology, systems, and data. www.Perthera.com
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