Hugh Rienhoff


Hugh Rienhoff is an entrepreneur and founder of <a href=“”, an organization dedicated to understanding genetic conditions.

Dr. Rienhoff is a physician and scientist with 15 years experience as a venture investor and entrepreneur in the life sciences. During much of the 90’s he was a partner directing biotechnology investments at the venture firm New Enterprise Associates. He was a founding director of such companies as Healtheon/WebMD (HLTH) and Aurora Biosciences (ABSC). In 1998, he founded DNA Sciences (originally Kiva Genetics), a diagnostic company focused on genetic discoveries and served as its Chairman and CEO for 4 years. Dr. Rienhoff has served as a director on the boards of many public and private companies and currently serves on the boards GeneEd, Odyssey Thera and Lipid Biosciences.

Dr. Rienhoff was a member of the faculty in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He trained in mathematics, medicine, and genetics at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. He received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Biology and English Literature from Williams College.


Location: Marina Ballroom D
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Hugh Rienhoff's daughter was born with an undiagnosed syndrome. Not getting results from conventional medicine, he searched to find and sequence her genome. This talk focuses on the resources in the public domain to identify and understand genetic information. Read more.

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