My name is Dale Yuzuki, and am with a startup compnay called Pillar Biosciences that manufactures products used in the in-vitro diagnostic industry, specifically clinical NGS enrichment for the molecular pathology laboratory. Pillar Biosciences produces products for looking at the somatic mutation drivers in FFPE samples, germline mutations from blood cells, and circulating-free DNA mutations from liquid biopsy.
I am an experienced key-account, product development, marketing and sales professional with expertise in sequencing, genotyping, gene expression, methylation and epigenomicc, and have developed products and marketing materials for the clinical next-generation sequencing market.
My subject-matter expertise is in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), targeted selection for NGS, whole-genome genotyping, whole-genome expression, microRNA, methylation profiling, and digital PCR.
You can read about my latest shift in employment on this site.
As far as my background – in brief: I’ve taught middle-school and high-school level biology and chemistry (M.Ed. from UCLA), worked as a cancer and immunology researcher from the Veteran’s Administration in San Francisco and the John Wayne Institute in Santa Monica (M.A. from SFSU), taught English overseas in Beijing China, answered 1-800-DNA-PREP calls for QIAGEN, supported product development and tactical marketing efforts at both QIAGEN and Illumina, sold whole-genome genotyping, expression, and next-generation sequencing instruments to the NIH and Hopkins, and for several years was a field-based marketing professional for the Americas region for the Life Science Solutions Group for Thermo Fisher Scientific. You can find many of the interviews I did for Thermo Fisher Scientific here on YouTube, and a link to the Behind the Bench blog posts can be accessed here.