Former Google exec named 2016 commencement speaker

Jeff Huber (Photo courtesy of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Jeff Huber, ’89 ENG, whose company is developing a revolutionary blood test to detect early stage cancer, will be the University of Illinois’ commencement speaker on Saturday, May 14. Huber is the CEO of Grail, a company that builds on “ultradeep genome sequencing” technology, leading-edge computing, bioinformatics and machine learning to create unprecedented scientific understanding of cancer biology. The company was formed with a more than $100 million investment by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Illumina (the leader in genome sequencing), ARCH Ventures, Google Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures.

Prior to joining Grail, Huber was an engineer and senior executive at Google.

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