Ambry Genetics' CEO Aaron Elliott Garners OC Business Journal's 'Innovator of the Year' Award

Ambry Genetics' Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Elliott, Ph.D. received the Orange County Business Journal's 'Innovator of the Year' award during a luncheon celebration with more than 300 people at the Hotel Irvine on Thursday, September 22nd.

"If you look at Ambry Genetics today, we just opened a 65,000-square-foot lab here in Orange County, we have more than 600 tests on our menu and we've been able to have these accomplishments by doing what's right for healthcare, doing what's right for the patient and not being afraid to take chances, but to push science forward," said Dr. Elliott during his acceptance speech.

"When I started at Ambry almost 9 years ago, he [Charles Dunlop] told me two things," said Dr. Elliott. "One thing he told me is when you design a test, I want you to make that test as if one day your child is going to need it and his diagnosis depends on those results. The other thing he told me is when you're trying to figure out what test to launch, don't get on your calculator and try to figure out how much money the company is going to make...if it helps just one person, launch the test. And those are the principles Ambry still stands by."

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