• Swiss Bioinformatics Services Company +

    Quartz Bio is a Swiss service and consulting company specialized in the computational analysis of biomarker data from clinical trials.
  • Industry Track Record +

    All the senior employees have 6 to 10 years of clinical bioinformatics experience in pharmaceutical companies. Quartz Bio scientists have analysed biomarker data from over 80 clinical studies ranging from Phase I to Phase IV in different therapeutic areas (Oncology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology and Fertility).
  • The power of association +

    What does a group of scientists with educational backgrounds as diverse as cell biology, physiology, physics, mathematics and computer science have in common? They are all fervent believers in the power of association; that is, the power of data to reveal the hidden subgroups of patients who will benefit most from a therapy.
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Management board

  • Jerome Wojcik Ph.D. (CEO)

    Jerome Wojcik Ph.D. (CEO) After a mathematical M.Sc. and a Ph.D. thesis in Biology, Jerome Wojcik joined Hybrigenics, a start-up biotech company based in Paris, where he managed during 6 years the bioinformatics and IT department. He then joined Serono (now Merck Serono) in Geneva where he started managing a team of bioinformatics scientists developing algorithms adapted to genome-wide genetic association studies. The scope extended quickly to genomics and to biomarkers in general (proteomics, flow cytometry and imaging), leading to the creation of a centralized “Stratified Medicine” department within the organization, regrouping clinical project leaders, labs and bioinformatics. After 7 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Jerome left his position of Director of Global Bioinformatics of Merck Serono to create Quartz Bio.
  • Karl Forner M.Sc. (CIO)

    Karl Forner M.Sc. (CIO) Karl obtained a degree in Mathematics and two masters in fundamental and theoretical computer science. He joined Genset, at the time a leading European company in the field of genomics. Within Geneset he developed web applications and several genomics algorithm such as a custom Blast, still in use today. After a brief passage in Pharnext, he joined Merck serono, leading the Methods an Systems team withing the stratified medicine department. During this period Karl developed some innovative bioinformatics algorithms particularly in the field of SNP analysis and genome-wide associations. Karl is a strong believer and proactive contributor to the Open Source Development model. In 2012 he co-founded Quartz Bio.           
  • Marc Lamarine Ph.D. (COO)

    Marc Lamarine Ph.D. (COO) After his Ph.D. in molecular biophysics, Marc joined Genset, at the time a leading European company in the field of genomics. During this time, he was in charge of structural biology projects within genetic association studies. Marc then moved to Merck Serono where he joined the global bioinformatics department. As a senior bioinformatics scientist, Marc gained a particular experience in the analysis of gene expression data from blood samples. Amongst his achievements within this company, Marc contributed to the creation of a pharmacogenetics platform aimed at stratifying patients based on gene expression data in clinical trials. In 2012, Marc co-founded Quartz Bio.          
  • Alessandro Di Cara Ph.D. (CSO)

    Alessandro Di Cara Ph.D. (CSO) Alessandro obtained his Ph.D in Cell Biology from the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel. He started programming at the end of his doctorate as a mean to automate the analysis of microarray expression data. After a Post-Doc in system's biology at Serono, he joined the Stratified Medicine department at Merck Serono as a senior bioinformatic scientist. During this period Alessandro performed clinical bioinformatic analyses aimed at identifying clinical patient sub-groups based on biomarker data. Through his biology background, Alessandro was particularly involved in the analysis of cell-based assays and biological pathways. After 7 years at Merck Serono he co-founded Quartz Bio in 2012.      
  • Claudia Armenise M.Sc. (Senior Scientist)

    Claudia Armenise M.Sc. (Senior Scientist) After two M.Sc. in Bioinformatics and Genetics, Claudia Armenise worked during 3 years in academic laboratories in Paris as a biologist. She then joined the Institute of Human Genetics in Montpellier where she acquired a strong expertise in the analysis of Next-Generation Sequencing data. Within this institute, Claudia performed bioinformatic analyses for major publications in the field of small non coding RNAs (small RNA-seq and CLIP-seq) and telomeres (ChIP-seq). After 6 years in the academic research area, Claudia Armenise joined Quartz Bio in May 2013.
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