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Melissa Dempsey

Melissa Dempsey

Senior Staff Market Development Manager, Illumina
Melissa Dempsey is a board-certified genetic counselor with extensive clinical and commercial expertise, drawing on 10 years of clinical genetic counseling experience to drive market development for genomic testing applications. Born and based in Indiana, Melissa is passionate about expanding utilization of genetic testing to underserved and rural populations, where current awareness about the potential of genomics remains quite low.

Melissa began her career as a lab genetic counselor and providing prenatal and pediatric genetic counseling at the University of Chicago for eight years. She then moved to her hometown in Fort Wayne, IN, where she built a Genetic Counseling Clinic for both oncology and cardiology patients. Melissa's desire for a larger impact moved her to industry, where she worked to expand genomic services through marketing at two major diagnostic laboratories. She also led the Global Customer Success Team for Face2Gene software, an AI platform that aids clinicians in diagnosing children with rare genetic diseases via facial recognition.

In her current role in Market Development for Illumina, Melissa seeks creative ways to increase access and utilization of genetic testing through larger projects and thoughtful collaborations. Melissa loves building relationships with experts worldwide and sharing her vision for routine genomic testing as an integral part of medical care. Building awareness and providing education to students, as well as current healthcare professionals has become a top priority, as it is integral to unlocking the full power of the genome.