McDermott + Bull has successfully placed William La Via, M.D. as the Medical Director of Medical Affairs at Karius, Inc. Bill will be responsible for providing medical and scientific leadership for the company’s product, marketing, and sales organizations. He will also provide insight and strategic vision for future product development and enhancement, as the company applies new technology to its diagnostic services.

With nearly 30 years of experience in medicine, Bill has a demonstrated history as a highly skilled physician, clinician, and researcher. He has spent considerable time working in academia, private practice, managed care, and the biotechnology industry, and he possesses over a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in medical affairs. He has spent 10 years exclusively in the infectious diseases arena and is very passionate about bridging the gap between patients and labs in the field. He is board certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases with a California Medical License.

Karius is a privately held diagnostics company headquartered in Redwood City, California. It focuses on generating genomic insights for infectious diseases with a non-invasive Karius Test that helps clinicians make rapid treatment decisions. The company is comprised of 150 clinicians, molecular biologists, data scientists, software engineers, and commercial experts that share a commitment to improve patient health. By using genomics and AI to map a patient’s microbial landscape from a single blood draw, Karius moves closer to a vision of a world where infectious disease is no longer a major threat to human health. The Karius laboratory is CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited to perform high-complexity clinical laboratory testing.

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Managing Director Linda Sierra and Senior Executive Recruiter Brian Selvey