Toft Group Completes Chief Medical Officer Search for Agendia in Irvine, CA


Agendia, Inc., a world leader in personalized medicine and molecular cancer diagnostics, recently announced the appointment of veteran medical oncologist M. William Audeh, MD, MS to the position of Chief Medical Officer.

“I’m very pleased to take on this new role in my career as the new Chief Medical Officer of Agendia,” Dr. Audeh said. “I’m firmly committed to applying my experience to Agendia’s state-of-the-art clinical oncology programs and industry-leading marketed products.”

The Chief Medical Officer reports directly to Chief Executive Officer Mark Straley and is responsible for translating complex laboratory science and personalized medicine diagnostics into actionable, patient centered solutions for clinicians.

"Today’s announcement reflects an exciting milestone for Agendia, and we are thrilled to have placed Dr. Audeh into Agendia’s leadership team given his passion for improving patient care" said Robin Toft, Chief Executive Officer of Toft Group, Inc.

Dr. Audeh brings nearly 30 years of experience as a medical oncologist, clinical researcher and faculty physician at the Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Agendia, and in addition to his clinical practice, he served as the former Director of the Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center, Medical Director of the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Audeh has been Principal Investigator on a wide variety of national and international clinical and translational trials, and has authored numerous publications in the field of breast cancer, cancer genomics, and targeted cancer therapy.

Dr. Audeh received his medical degree from the University of Iowa and an M.S. Degree in Genetics from the University of Minnesota. He went on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine as well as a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Stanford University Medical Center. He is board certified on internal medicine and medical oncology, and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Association of Cancer Research.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group Executive Search is “Changing the Future of Medicine, One Relationship at a Time” and we take pride in the fact that our work helps our clients accelerate getting novel products to market. We are a global retained executive search firm that is 100% dedicated to life sciences & healthcare industries. Our customers include biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies. With offices in San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston, we assist a wide range of local, national and international companies - from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

About Agendia

Agendia is a privately held, leading molecular diagnostics company that develops and markets FFPE-based genomic diagnostic products, which help support physicians with their complex treatment decisions. Agendia’s breast cancer and colorectal cancer tests were developed using an unbiased gene selection by analyzing the complete human genome. Our offerings include the FDA-cleared MammaPrint® FFPE as well as BluePrint®, a molecular subtyping assay that provides deeper insight leading to more clinically actionable breast cancer biology. These tests can help physicians assess a patient’s individual risk for metastasis – that is, which patients are more sensitive to chemo, hormonal, or combination therapy, and which patients may not require these treatments and which patients may be treated with other, less arduous and costly methods. In addition, Agendia has a pipeline of other genomic products in development. The company collaborates with pharmaceutical companies, leading cancer centers and academic groups to develop companion diagnostic tests in the area of oncology. It is also a critical partner in the ISPY-2 and the MINDACT trials.