Marcia A. Kean Chairman, Strategic Initiatives
- Frequent speaker at U.S./international conferences on cancer, Big Data, precision medicine, innovation policy
- Founder of The Age of Personalized Medicine website
- Originator of the Turning the Tide Against Cancer initiative, and Chair of its Advisory Committee
- Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Personalized Medicine Coalition
- Advisor, Governance Board, iConquerMS™
- Advisor, Personalized Medicine Conference
Marcia Kean has been deeply engaged in the transformative side of biomedicine for 30+ years, working closely with scientific and business pioneers in the biopharm and informatics industries, academe and government. She has led Feinstein Kean’s thought leadership in the life sciences since the firm’s inception almost 30 years ago, including her tenure as the CEO from 2002 to 2011, during which time the firm tripled in size.
In the decades since the dawn of the biotech industry, she has partnered with hundreds of CEOs of start-up firms to build value for their companies by shaping their visibility and credibility.
Soon after the mapping of the Human Genome, Marcia established the nation’s first Molecular Medicine communications practice. She was among an early-adopter group seeking to introduce these new technologies and policies to the world, while she played a key role in the establishment and development of the Personalized Medicine Coalition. She has continued to lead Feinstein Kean’s presence in this field, serving on government and industry panels, and collaborating with policy organizations to overcome obstacles to adoption. Among her specialties is the framing and development of multi-stakeholder ecosystems to address complex healthcare challenges.
Marcia is also deeply embedded in the field of informatics, serving as the co-vice chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Cancer Informatics Workshop, and as the lead author of the discussion paper that framed that workshop. She was a catalyst for the formation of iConquerMS™ , a patient-powered research network and multiple sclerosis data repository, and continues to lead its communications activities. Much of her attention is focused on policy initiatives that envision patient-centeredness as critical to high quality clinical care.
Marcia was elected in 2015 to the Board of Trustees of CancerCare, the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.
Marcia holds an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.