Feb. 19. President Joseph E. Aoun (second from left) with Leroy Hood (left), co-founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology; Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray; and Tayloe Washburn, dean and CEO of the Seattle campus.
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Systems biologist Leroy hood says that in 10 years, doctors will be able to assess your chance of getting certain diseases by analyzing a single drop of your blood.

Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, in Seattle, was the featured speaker at the fall installation of the presidential speaker series “Profiles in Innovation.”

Every one of us will have our genome sequenced, Hood predicted to an audience of more than 200.

He is more than qualified to make such a prediction. A pioneer at the intersection of technology, genomics, and systems biology, Hood helped develop four critical instruments that paved the way for mapping the human genome. He co-founded more than 14 biotechnology companies and holds 36 patents. He is also a leading advocate for his P4 Medicine approach to healthcare—invidualized patient care that is predictive, preventive, personal, and participatory.

Ken Stuart (left), LA’63, founder and president emeritus of the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and Jim Hendricks, president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, were among several who delivered remarks.
At the event, hosted by President Joseph E. Aoun, Hood fielded questions via social media from both the Boston audience and those watching the event streamed live at Northeastern’s graduate campus in Seattle.

He encouraged students to challenge organizational structures and the anti-intellectualism and antiscience movements, pointing out that much of his own work initially was met with skepticism, but wound up fundamentally changing how we now think about biology and medicine.