Our Team

Grant Campany, Senior Director, Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts

Grant has over 18 years of experience leading corporate development and strategic program initiatives within the life sciences. In 2003, Grant formed a boutique management consulting firm to serve both non-profit organizations and biopharmaceutical companies.

Previously, Grant was Vice President of Business Development for PPD Discovery, which included overall responsibility for leading the commercial operations and staff for the genomics, chemistry and preclinical business units. Prior to joining PPD Discovery, Grant was the Director of Business Development for Onyx Pharmaceuticals where he led several strategic alliances, technology acquisitions and research collaborations with leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. While at Chiron Corp, Grant led the creation and implementation of Chiron’s first global strategic planning initiative. In addition, Grant was responsible for New Product Planning and Business Development for Chiron Therapeutics.

Grant began his career with 3M Pharmaceuticals and led the development and implementation of 3M’s first global R&D portfolio prioritization process across three technology platforms. Grant holds a BS in Business “With Distinction” and an MBA (with a concentration in corporate finance) from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Larry Kedes, Senior Advisor, Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts

Dr. Kedes is founder and past Director of the University of Southern California Institute for Genetic Medicine and the William M. Keck Professor and Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a Professor of Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Before joining USC, Dr. Kedes was a member of the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine (1970 to 1989) as Assistant, Associate and full Professor of Medicine. During 1976-1977, he was a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and worked at the Imperial Cancer Research Foundation laboratories in London, England. From 1974 to 1982 he was an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Dr. Kedes’s research interests have used molecular biology and molecular genetic technologies to study the differentiation of organisms and cells. Most recently his work has focused on the molecular genetics of gene expression in skeletal and heart muscle cells and the development of DNA delivery methods and other insights into regeneration and modification of these cells for potential therapeutic applications.

Shawna McLean, Associate, Archon Genomics XPRIZE presented by Express Scripts

Shawna McLean joins the Archon Genomics XPrize with more than 20 years experience as a print and television journalist.  She began her career as Communications Director for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and Editor of St. Louis Lawyer magazine. She spent the next 15 years in television as planning editor, assignment manager and most recently as assignment editor for the duopoly, KCBS2/KCAL9 News in Los Angeles.

In 2007, Shawna was part of the live news team winning an Emmy for coverage of the Esperanza Fire.  Her skills in writing, editing and communications are used to help shape the message and further the goals of the Archon Genomics XPRIZE.  Shawna earned her Journalism degree from Southern Illinois University.