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Jennifer Mills

Director, Patient Engagement and Novel Patient-Focused Partnerships, Genentech

Jen Mills is committed to defining and advancing new areas of unmet patient need. She has engaged with the patient community over the past 18 years from multiple vantage points, including nonprofit, academia and industry. Through multiple roles at Genentech, she built relationships with patient advocacy organizations across numerous established and emerging therapeutic areas and created innovative multi-stakeholder initiatives. Today, Mills serves as Director, Alliance and Advocacy Relations. In this role, Mills leads the US effort to advance Genentech's approach to patient engagement across the lifecycle and builds novel patient-focused partnerships.

Prior to joining Genentech, Mills spent nearly a decade at the Lymphoma Research Foundation where she oversaw programs and services for over 100,000 patients and caregivers nationwide. In that role, she transformed the Foundation's approach by tailoring education/support for specific subtypes of lymphoma, which distinguished LRF as a leader on the local, regional and national level. Her leadership resulted in an expanded model of private-public partnerships that continues to thrive today. Prior to joining the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Mills developed and evaluated novel education and support services for patients undergoing bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. She began her career in eastern Alabama with a focus on HIV/AIDS outreach and awareness efforts.

In May 2011, Mills received her Ph.D. in social work from New York University. Her dissertation research focused on the cycle of relapsed/refractory disease among young adults diagnosed with lymphoma. Mills also holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn University, a master's of social work from Columbia University, and a master's of public health from New York University.