Kristen Lloyd Helton

August 17, 2021 / Share:

Dr. Kristen Lloyd Helton is the founder and leader of Amazon Care, a healthcare benefit being piloted for Amazon employees and their families in the Greater Seattle area. She joined Amazon in 2015 as principal scientist to assess opportunities in biotechnology, healthcare and beyond.

Kristen is a biotechnology professional with experience in R&D, product development, business development, and commercialization of diagnostics and medical devices. She began her career as a systems integration engineer for a then startup Cepheid (now $3.7B market cap and 1400 employees), developing the first point-of-care, real-time PCR instrument, the GeneXpert. She was instrumental in securing a $200M award from the USPS for rapid screening of bacillus anthracis in sorting facilities.

Kristen was a 4 year Division 1 IIA basketball player and captain at Bucknell University and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.  She received her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington where she worked on rapid assay development as an NSF Fellow. Kristen was recognized as an inaugural UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) Fellow in 2010 and in this capacity developed the novel concept of a tissue-integrating biosensor. Her research was the foundation for several patents as well as her startup company, Profusa, where she served as co-founder, board member and the Chief Product Officer. In 2013, Kristen was recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

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