Scaling new heights in neurologic insights

We’re harnessing technological breakthroughs to transform how brain and spinal cord cancers are detected

As a team of neurosurgeons, scientists, and entrepreneurs, we founded Belay Diagnostics to help those diagnosed with brain or spinal cord tumors find the right path forward. Given the obstacles traditional methods of detecting brain or spinal cord malignancies present to both patients and their care teams, we see our proprietary molecular testing technology as a way to bridge the gap between today’s standards and a more clinically convenient future.

While there are options available to diagnose a malignant brain or spinal cord tumor, each presents potentially undesirable limitations in sensitivity, specificity, expense, and possible risks involved. By identifying and analyzing DNA in cerebrospinal fluid, our technology could lead the way to an economical, minimally invasive, and highly accurate alternative.

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Our Team

Chetan Bettegowda, MD, PhD

Co-founder, Board Member, Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Bettegowda has been practicing as a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University since 2005, where he is an endowed professor of neurosurgery and oncology. He is an internationally recognized leader in brain cancer genetics and liquid biopsies. His work has helped define the molecular landscape of numerous nervous system cancers and he has been a pioneer in applying these discoveries for diagnostic benefit. He has published extensively in his respective field and leads the research setting the foundation for our molecular testing platform.

Brian Coe

Co-founder, CEO, Serial Entrepreneur

Brian Coe, MBA, co-founded two healthcare companies and successfully led them through commercialization prior to co-founding Belay Diagnostics with Dr. Bettegowda. He sold his first company, Litholink Corporation, to LabCorp in 2006, and then led Talis Biomedical through several funding rounds totaling $500M prior to taking the company public in early 2021. Brian also teaches as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Manu Bettegowda

Co-founder, Board Member, Managing Partner

Manu Bettegowda has been at Olympus Partners since 1998 and became a partner in 2004 before being promoted to managing partner in 2021. He has been involved in investing in numerous companies in a variety of fields, including Symmetry Medical, Pregis Corp., and Tank Holdings.

Jonathan Dudley, MD

Co-founder, Assistant Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Jon Dudley is a molecular pathologist and runs an independent research lab at Johns Hopkins University, where he is an assistant professor of Pathology and Oncology. He is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Association for Molecular Pathology and the Benjamin Castleman Award from the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and his research focuses on molecular diagnostic assay development.

Chris Douville, PhD

Co-founder, Assistant Professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University

Chris Douville is an assistant professor in the Department of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University within the Division of Quantitative Sciences. His research group uses computational models to design, interpret, and improve molecular diagnostics for earlier detection of cancer and monitoring of minimal residual disease. His work has resulted in several bioinformatics software packages, and he is an active member of the AI-X colloquium.

Yuxuan Wang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Oncology

Yuxuan Wang is a physician-scientist interested in developing novel technologies to improve patient care. She received her combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She did her Ph.D. work under the mentorship of Drs. Bert Vogelstein and Ken Kinzler on earlier cancer detection. She then completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She developed several diagnostic approaches that are being commercialized for cancer detection, including the MethylSaferSeqS technology.

Honey Reddi, PhD, FACMG

Senior Vice President, Medical Director

Dr. Reddi, a highly accomplished professional, previously served as a Professor and Chief of the Division of Clinical Genomics at the Medical College of Wisconsin before joining Belay Diagnostics as SVP and Medical Director. With a background in biotechnology and specialized training in Clinical Molecular Genetics, she led a translational research program on thyroid cancer at the Mayo Clinic. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Dr. Reddi received the 2023 Outstanding Graduate Educator award and the 2018 “Women of Innovation Award” for her leadership in bioscience and technology.

Alejandro De los Reyes

Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Alex De los Reyes has 20 years of sales leadership experience in the life sciences industry, including 14 years at LabCorp and two years at Talis Biomedical, where he was recruited to build out the commercial sales organization from the ground up. Alex has successfully led sales organizations with a national footprint from inception through pre-commercial deployment (including remote recruitment and training during the pandemic). He is very passionate about finding exceptional talent and assembling world-class sales organizations that deliver exceptional results.

Jerry Conway

Senior Vice President of Market Access

Jerry Conway, Senior Vice President of Market Access, joined Belay Diagnostics in April 2024 with over 34 years of sales and executive management experience in the routine clinical and esoteric laboratory marketplaces. His experience includes physician sales and marketing, payer contracting and reimbursement in a wide range of business environments, including Fortune 500 and start-up companies. Jerry was previously with GeneDx, Scipher Medicine, CDx Diagnostics, Inc., Foundation Medicine Inc. (FMI), Metamark Genetics, and Genzyme Genetics in senior Market Access leadership roles. At FMI, Jerry was responsible for reimbursement of all diagnostic products, including successful achievement of the FDA-approved FoundationOneCDx universal companion diagnostic platform and National Coverage Determination (NCD) by CMS under the Parallel Review Program. Under his leadership at Genzyme Genetics, Jerry helped to favorably position the company for a $975 million acquisition by Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings on December 1, 2010. Prior to his career in market access and reimbursement, Jerry was employed by Damon Clinical Laboratories, Metpath/Corning and Long Term Care Services, Inc. in various diagnostic field sales and management roles in the physician and long term care markets.

Kyle Hernandez, PhD

Director of Bioinformatics

Kyle Hernandez leads the bioinformatics and data platform team at Belay Diagnostics, bringing a diverse background in evolutionary biology, statistical genetics, and large-scale bioinformatics. Prior to joining Belay, Kyle led cross-functional teams at the University of Chicago building biomedical data science platforms and was co-chair of a Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (BLOODPAC) working group focusing on increasing the quality and consistency of cfDNA analysis through inter-laboratory testing. Kyle received his Ph.D. from Purdue University and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin where he utilized statistical genetics and next-generation sequencing to explore gene-environment interactions.

Kara Scheer, MBA

Senior Director of Business Operations

Kara Scheer, MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has over ten years of healthcare experience. She started her career at Epic Software Systems in 2012, and, in 2017, she founded Salus Consulting, where she provided strategy and tailored guidance to clients comprising some of the leading healthcare organizations in the US. She has advised digital health and biotech startups in technology development, business model strategy, process improvement, financial modeling, and strategic execution. She is passionate about bringing innovation to market, improving the world through technology, and helping mission-based organizations succeed.

Kala Schilter, PhD

Data Analysis and Reporting Manager

Kala Schilter, has 10 years of genetics experience across translational research, clinical diagnostics and precision medicine. Kala has been involved in the development and launch of multiple clinical assays, experienced in interpreting and classifying genetic variants, and has a keen interest in clear communication of genetic results through comprehensive reporting. Kala’s passion has been consistent throughout her career with a focus on helping individuals understand the genetic answers to their medical concerns.

Ariel Jimenez

Principal Data Engineer

Ariel Jimenez has over 20 years of experience with middleware in his previous work experience in clinical diagnostics at Sysmex America. He had various roles ranging from implementation manager to cloud application architect, which culminated in winning Sysmex Corporation’s global Group CEO Award in 2020. He then moved to a data architect role with a healthcare consulting company helping to create technological roadmaps for data integration, interoperability, and security within HIEs, Medicaid Enterprise Systems, and state agencies. At Belay, Ariel will help the Bioinformatics team build and optimize data infrastructure and pipelines.

Sam Nie, PhD

Lead Clinical Bioinformatician

Highly motivated cancer biologist with rich experience in the clinical and research application of genomics, pharmacogenomics and high throughput molecular technologies for integrated cancer genomic diagnosis. A proven team leader with great success in designing experiments/protocols and coordinating lab projects. Passionate about molecular diagnosis and personalized medicine.

Michael Mauer, MBA

Sales Operations Manager

Michael Mauer is a highly skilled professional with over ten years of experience in healthcare and consulting. He specializes in data analytics, sales operations, financial modeling, and business development, leading numerous successful initiatives throughout his career. Michael holds an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and his work is characterized by a commitment to excellence and innovation. He is dedicated to driving growth and improving operations through strategic vision and effective leadership.

Stephanie Reiners, MS, CCRP

Clinical Operations Manager

Stephanie Reiners, MS CCRP has over 10 years successful experience in academic research. Stephanie received her Masters of Science in Clinical Research Management from Washington University in St. Louis. She has successfully managed over 45 clinical trials in pediatric Neuro-Oncology. Stephanie is passionate about advancing the current practice of diagnosing brain and spinal cord cancers to be less invasive for the patients and their loved ones.

Jocelyn Weuker

Business Development Executive, Northeast Region

Jocelyn has 15+ years of success as a sales leader and individual contributor for leading healthcare, biotechnology, and global life sciences organizations selling into almost every medical specialty. She has proven success assembling a talented team of sales professionals for imminent product launch in the biotech/life sciences industry.

Ryan Stites, MBA

Business Development Executive, Central Region

Ryan Stites, MBA has 20 years of sales and leadership experience, including 9 years at GeneDx where he led the western sales team and a successful market expansion through the end of 2023. He is passionate about advancing the field of diagnostic testing and empowering patients and healthcare providers with accurate and timely information to better impact care and treatment decisions.

Chetan Bettegowda, MD, PhD

Co-founder, Board Member, Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Bettegowda has been practicing as a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University since 2005, where he is an endowed professor of neurosurgery and oncology. He is an internationally recognized leader in brain cancer genetics and liquid biopsies. His work has helped define the molecular landscape of numerous nervous system cancers and he has been a pioneer in applying these discoveries for diagnostic benefit. He has published extensively in his respective field and leads the research setting the foundation for our molecular testing platform.

Brian Coe

Co-founder, CEO, Serial Entrepreneur

Brian Coe, MBA, co-founded two healthcare companies and successfully led them through commercialization prior to co-founding Belay Diagnostics with Dr. Bettegowda. He sold his first company, Litholink Corporation, to LabCorp in 2006, and then led Talis Biomedical through several funding rounds totaling $500M prior to taking the company public in early 2021. Brian also teaches as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Manu Bettegowda

Co-founder, Board Member, Managing Partner

Manu Bettegowda has been at Olympus Partners since 1998 and became a partner in 2004 before being promoted to managing partner in 2021. He has been involved in investing in numerous companies in a variety of fields, including Symmetry Medical, Pregis Corp., and Tank Holdings.

Jonathan Dudley, MD

Co-founder, Assistant Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Jon Dudley is a molecular pathologist and runs an independent research lab at Johns Hopkins University, where he is an assistant professor of Pathology and Oncology. He is the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Association for Molecular Pathology and the Benjamin Castleman Award from the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and his research focuses on molecular diagnostic assay development.

Chris Douville, PhD

Co-founder, Assistant Professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University

Chris Douville is an assistant professor in the Department of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University within the Division of Quantitative Sciences. His research group uses computational models to design, interpret, and improve molecular diagnostics for earlier detection of cancer and monitoring of minimal residual disease. His work has resulted in several bioinformatics software packages, and he is an active member of the AI-X colloquium.

Yuxuan Wang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Oncology

Yuxuan Wang is a physician-scientist interested in developing novel technologies to improve patient care. She received her combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She did her Ph.D. work under the mentorship of Drs. Bert Vogelstein and Ken Kinzler on earlier cancer detection. She then completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She developed several diagnostic approaches that are being commercialized for cancer detection, including the MethylSaferSeqS technology.

Honey Reddi, PhD, FACMG

Senior Vice President, Medical Director

Dr. Reddi, a highly accomplished professional, previously served as a Professor and Chief of the Division of Clinical Genomics at the Medical College of Wisconsin before joining Belay Diagnostics as SVP and Medical Director. With a background in biotechnology and specialized training in Clinical Molecular Genetics, she led a translational research program on thyroid cancer at the Mayo Clinic. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Dr. Reddi received the 2023 Outstanding Graduate Educator award and the 2018 “Women of Innovation Award” for her leadership in bioscience and technology.

Alejandro De los Reyes

Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Alex De los Reyes has 20 years of sales leadership experience in the life sciences industry, including 14 years at LabCorp and two years at Talis Biomedical, where he was recruited to build out the commercial sales organization from the ground up. Alex has successfully led sales organizations with a national footprint from inception through pre-commercial deployment (including remote recruitment and training during the pandemic). He is very passionate about finding exceptional talent and assembling world-class sales organizations that deliver exceptional results.

Jerry Conway

Senior Vice President of Market Access

Jerry Conway, Senior Vice President of Market Access, joined Belay Diagnostics in April 2024 with over 34 years of sales and executive management experience in the routine clinical and esoteric laboratory marketplaces. His experience includes physician sales and marketing, payer contracting and reimbursement in a wide range of business environments, including Fortune 500 and start-up companies. Jerry was previously with GeneDx, Scipher Medicine, CDx Diagnostics, Inc., Foundation Medicine Inc. (FMI), Metamark Genetics, and Genzyme Genetics in senior Market Access leadership roles. At FMI, Jerry was responsible for reimbursement of all diagnostic products, including successful achievement of the FDA-approved FoundationOneCDx universal companion diagnostic platform and National Coverage Determination (NCD) by CMS under the Parallel Review Program. Under his leadership at Genzyme Genetics, Jerry helped to favorably position the company for a $975 million acquisition by Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings on December 1, 2010. Prior to his career in market access and reimbursement, Jerry was employed by Damon Clinical Laboratories, Metpath/Corning and Long Term Care Services, Inc. in various diagnostic field sales and management roles in the physician and long term care markets.

Kyle Hernandez, PhD

Director of Bioinformatics

Kyle Hernandez leads the bioinformatics and data platform team at Belay Diagnostics, bringing a diverse background in evolutionary biology, statistical genetics, and large-scale bioinformatics. Prior to joining Belay, Kyle led cross-functional teams at the University of Chicago building biomedical data science platforms and was co-chair of a Blood Profiling Atlas in Cancer (BLOODPAC) working group focusing on increasing the quality and consistency of cfDNA analysis through inter-laboratory testing. Kyle received his Ph.D. from Purdue University and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin where he utilized statistical genetics and next-generation sequencing to explore gene-environment interactions.

Kara Scheer, MBA

Senior Director of Business Operations

Kara Scheer, MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has over ten years of healthcare experience. She started her career at Epic Software Systems in 2012, and, in 2017, she founded Salus Consulting, where she provided strategy and tailored guidance to clients comprising some of the leading healthcare organizations in the US. She has advised digital health and biotech startups in technology development, business model strategy, process improvement, financial modeling, and strategic execution. She is passionate about bringing innovation to market, improving the world through technology, and helping mission-based organizations succeed.

Kala Schilter, PhD

Data Analysis and Reporting Manager

Kala Schilter, has 10 years of genetics experience across translational research, clinical diagnostics and precision medicine. Kala has been involved in the development and launch of multiple clinical assays, experienced in interpreting and classifying genetic variants, and has a keen interest in clear communication of genetic results through comprehensive reporting. Kala’s passion has been consistent throughout her career with a focus on helping individuals understand the genetic answers to their medical concerns.

Ariel Jimenez

Principal Data Engineer

Ariel Jimenez has over 20 years of experience with middleware in his previous work experience in clinical diagnostics at Sysmex America. He had various roles ranging from implementation manager to cloud application architect, which culminated in winning Sysmex Corporation’s global Group CEO Award in 2020. He then moved to a data architect role with a healthcare consulting company helping to create technological roadmaps for data integration, interoperability, and security within HIEs, Medicaid Enterprise Systems, and state agencies. At Belay, Ariel will help the Bioinformatics team build and optimize data infrastructure and pipelines.

Sam Nie, PhD

Lead Clinical Bioinformatician

Highly motivated cancer biologist with rich experience in the clinical and research application of genomics, pharmacogenomics and high throughput molecular technologies for integrated cancer genomic diagnosis. A proven team leader with great success in designing experiments/protocols and coordinating lab projects. Passionate about molecular diagnosis and personalized medicine.

Michael Mauer, MBA

Sales Operations Manager

Michael Mauer is a highly skilled professional with over ten years of experience in healthcare and consulting. He specializes in data analytics, sales operations, financial modeling, and business development, leading numerous successful initiatives throughout his career. Michael holds an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and his work is characterized by a commitment to excellence and innovation. He is dedicated to driving growth and improving operations through strategic vision and effective leadership.

Stephanie Reiners, MS, CCRP

Clinical Operations Manager

Stephanie Reiners, MS CCRP has over 10 years successful experience in academic research. Stephanie received her Masters of Science in Clinical Research Management from Washington University in St. Louis. She has successfully managed over 45 clinical trials in pediatric Neuro-Oncology. Stephanie is passionate about advancing the current practice of diagnosing brain and spinal cord cancers to be less invasive for the patients and their loved ones.

Jocelyn Weuker

Business Development Executive, Northeast Region

Jocelyn has 15+ years of success as a sales leader and individual contributor for leading healthcare, biotechnology, and global life sciences organizations selling into almost every medical specialty. She has proven success assembling a talented team of sales professionals for imminent product launch in the biotech/life sciences industry.

Ryan Stites, MBA

Business Development Executive, Central Region

Ryan Stites, MBA has 20 years of sales and leadership experience, including 9 years at GeneDx where he led the western sales team and a successful market expansion through the end of 2023. He is passionate about advancing the field of diagnostic testing and empowering patients and healthcare providers with accurate and timely information to better impact care and treatment decisions.


Participation by Chris Douville, PhD, Jonathan Dudley, MD, Yuxuan Wang, MD, PhD, and Chetan Bettegowda, MD, PhD, does not constitute or imply endorsement by the Johns Hopkins University or the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.