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About Us

NashBio is a clinical big data, genomics & medical imaging company accelerating the R&D activity of partners in the biopharmaceutical, diagnostics, and AI industries.

Our History

Genomics is one of the fastest developing research areas in the world today. Due to rapid advancements, in-depth genetic analysis has become essential in R&D and clinical practice.

With drug development costs forecast to double every nine years, we need more than ever to improve R&D productivity and uncover new ways to diagnose and care for diseases more efficiently. In order to increase the speed-to-market for life sciences companies, it’s imperative that we fully recognize and capture the potential of human genetics in drug and diagnostics R&D.


Understanding the Complex Relationship Between Genes and Disease

At NashBio, we are gaining valuable genetic insights through BioVU®, a biobank of millions of longitudinal medical records spanning over 10 years with hundreds of thousands of matched genetic samples. Created at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University, BioVU® is a biorepository of DNA extracted from discarded blood collected during routine clinical testing. Through the use of NashBio’s advanced technology and novel algorithms, the team is discovering important genetic associations and identifying genes that contribute to help advance the R&D efforts of our partners.


Transforming the DNA of Life Science Research and Development


As a subsidiary of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, NashBio is partnering with the healthcare industry to leverage the power of BioVU® and provide unparalleled clinical insight, resources, and expertise to a wide range of R&D challenges.

Meet the Team

The Nashville Biosciences team is comprised of industry veterans, physicians and scientists dedicated to serving our clients.


Leeland Ekstrom, PhD

Co-Founder, CEO & Director

Test Member

Assistant Medical Director

John Moran, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer

James Stover, PhD

Chief Business Officer

Elizabeth Ann Stringer, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Curt Allen, MBA

VP of Sales

Steven Held, MD

Medical Director & VP - Clinical Affairs

Leeland Ekstrom, PhD

Co-Founder, CEO & Director

Jon Duane, MBA

Co-Founder & Director
Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Co.

John F. Manning, Jr., PhD, MBA

Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Chief of Staff, VUMC

Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD

Chief Scientific & Strategy Officer, VUMC

Mace Rothenberg, MD

Former Professor of Medicine, VUMC | Former Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer

John F. Stein, B.S., MBA

Former State President & former National Healthcare Industry Executive, Bank of America | Vice-Chairman of the Board, VUMC | Board member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame & Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt | Council member, W.O. Smith Music School | Executive Council Member, American Securities LLC


Nancy J. Cox, PhD

Mary Phillips Edmonds Gray Professor of Genetics Professor of Medicine Director, Vanderbilt Genetics Institute Director, Division of Genetic Medicine Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dan M. Roden, M.D.C.M.

Director, Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics Assistant Vice Chancellor for Personalized Medicine Sam Clark Professor of Experimental Therapeutics Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Yu Shyr, PhD

Harold L. Moses Chair in Cancer Research Chair, Department of Biostatistics Director, Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences Director, Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics Analysis and Research Design Professor of Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, and Health Policy Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Join the Team

In addition to the openings below, we are continually looking for exceptional individuals to help us investigate the links between genetics and human disease and to bring about clinically meaningful discoveries that can make a difference for patients.


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Current Openings

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NashBio is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NashBio will only accept job applications from candidates who are properly documented with authorization to work in the United States.


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