Frances L. Johnson, MD
Chief Innovation Officer
Frances L. Johnson, MD is a physician scientist and entrepreneur with experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in academic, government and private enterprise settings.
Dr. Johnson received a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Washington followed by Internal Medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco and Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship at Stanford University. Her experience includes co-founding a biomedical startup (XDx; now CareDx, NASDAQ:CDNA) as a co-inventor of their molecular diagnostic technology while on Stanford’s faculty. Dr. Johnson remained in academics during the growth phase of CareDx and led heart transplant teams at three academic medical centers before co-founding Viewpoint Molecular Targeting with Dr. Schultz and Mr. Coleman. As CEO at Viewpoint, Dr. Johnson has successfully secured multiple competitive Phase I and Phase II National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute funded Small Business Innovation Research Grants and Contract Projects ($10M). Dr. Johnson has successfully developed a team that has secured the first of two IND approvals expected in 2021 to begin the clinical trials of Viewpoint radiopharmaceuticals.