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Kenneth Ward
President of Taueret Laboratories, LLC

Kenneth Ward, MD, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the University of Hawaii, is a founder of Taueret Laboratories. Dr. Ward is internationally known in the field of medical genetics and is a prominent high-risk pregnancy specialist. Dr. Ward is among the few physicians in the country who are board-certified in four sub-specialties: OB/GYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Medical Genetics, and Molecular Genetics. As Professor of OB/GYN and Human Genetics, Dr. Ward founded and ran the University of Utah’s DNA Diagnostic Laboratory. He led the efforts to discover a number of human disease genes, including Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return and Hereditary Multiple Exostosis, as well as genetic associations for several pregnancy-related diseases, including preeclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension. Dr. Ward has founded, grown, and operated a number of successful biotechnology companies. Dr. Ward has over 50 publications in human genetics in journals such as
Human Genetics, Nature Genetics, Science, American Society of Human Genetics and Genome Research. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. Dr. Ward received his medical degree at the University of Florida.

Lesa Nelson
Scientific Consultant

Ms. Nelson is a founder of Taueret Laboratories and has over 20 years of experience in genetic research. She was the laboratory director of EmerGen Laboratories until 2005. She was previously the assistant director and technical supervisor for the University of Utah DNA Diagnostic Laboratory, Reproductive Genetics Division. She has served as an independent consultant to ARUP laboratories, a large clinical testing laboratory, and Affiliated Genetics. Ms. Nelson and Dr. Chad Nelson have developed a proprietary technology for gene discovery used to address the current rate-limiting step in disease gene discovery and molecular diagnostic testing, GeneMass®.


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