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Jun 04, 2020

Viracor, Transplant Genomics: John Holman, Roz Mannon, Michael Abecassis, Fuad Shihab, Win Williams, Anil Chandraker, Allan Kirk, Jonathan Bromberg, Robert Fairchild, Matt Cooper

Transplant Genomics (TGI) and Viracor Eurofins announced that they have formed the Eurofins Transplant medical and scientific advisory board, which will be convened by Eurofins TGI's VP of Medical Affairs John Holman. The board will include Roz Mannon, University of Nebraska; Michael Abecassis, University of Arizona; Fuad Shihab, University of Utah; Win Williams, Massachusetts General Hospital; Anil Chandraker, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Allan Kirk, Duke University; Jonathan Bromberg, University of Maryland; Robert Fairchild, Cleveland Clinic; and Matt Cooper, Georgetown University.

The board consists of people with diverse expertise and experience in transplantation technology development and clinical studies, and will be tasked with providing independent advice on unmet clinical needs in transplantation to guide the evolution of TGI and Viracor's current and future products that expand the indications for its TruGraf and Trac product lines through clinical studies. The board will also provide advice on R&D or acquisition of additional disruptive technologies for the Eurofins transplant portfolio.

Jun 04, 2020

NeoGenomics: Rachel Stahler

NeoGenomics announced Rachel Stahler would join the company's board of directors, effective immediately. She will serve on the board's audit committee. Stahler was recently named the chief information officer for Merck's intended women's health and biosimilars spinoff Organon & Co. Previously, she was the CIO at pharmaceuticals firm Allergan, Syneos Health, and Optimer Pharmaceuticals. 

Jun 02, 2020

Chembio Diagnostics: Chuck Caso

Chembio Diagnostics has appointed Chuck Caso as its vice president of sales and marketing for North America with responsibility for direct and channel sales efforts throughout the region.

Caso brings more than 20 years of diagnostics industry experience to his new role. He has served in various executive sales and marketing roles at Meridian Biosciences, Quest Diagnostics, and Danaher.

May 29, 2020

OraSure Technologies: Lelio Marmora

OraSure Technologies has appointed Lelio Marmora as a member of the company's board of directors, effective June 1. Marmora previously served as executive director of Unitaid and also held senior positions at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and, Malaria.

May 29, 2020

Castle Biosciences: Federico Monzon

In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Castle Biosciences said that Chief Medical Officer Federico Monzon notified the company on May 21 that he plans to resign, effective May 31. In November 2019, the firm had disclosed Monzon's intention to resign on or about April 1, 2020, but the move was subsequently delayed. 

May 28, 2020

Gradientech: Gisela Sitbon, Rolf Ehrnström, Simon Turner

Gradientech has added three new board members: Gisela Sitbon, Rolf Ehrnström, and Simon Turner. Sitbon boasts more than 25 years of senior level life science experience and will be the new chair of the board at the Uppsala, Sweden-based developer of rapid phenotypic antibiotic suceptibility testing. Ehrnström, meanwhile, has experience in research and development at companies such as Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, Dako, and Gyros, while Turner is an investment analyst.

May 28, 2020

First Light Diagnostics: Andrew Wilsack

First Light Diagnostics has appointed Andrew Wilsack its CFO. He has more than 25 years of experience in the life science industry, including most recently as a financial consultant at Danforth Advisors. Previously, he was vice president of FPA at Masimo and CFO at Argose. 

May 28, 2020

Myriad Genetics: John Henderson, Daniel Spiegelman

Myriad Genetics said that John Henderson will retire from its board of directors at its annual meeting in December. Henderson chaired the board from April 2005 through March 2020, at which point Louise Phanstiel was elected to serve as chair. The company has also elected to its board of directors Daniel Spiegelman, who was most recently executive VP and CFO of BioMarin Pharmaceuticals. After retiring from that role, Spiegelman has been serving on the board of Tizona Therapeutics, as well on the boards of several biotech firms.

May 27, 2020

AXIM Biotechnologies: Sergei Svarovsky

AXIM Biotechnologies has appointed Sergei Svarovsky as the CSO of subsidiary Sapphire Biotech. Svarovsky previously served as a research fellow at the National Institute of Health's National Cancer Institute. AXIM noted that Svarovsky has experience with cancer drug design medical diagnostics develompent, including developing a wide range of biological assays for existing and novel platforms for many well-known biotech firms. 

May 26, 2020

Progenity: Damon Silvestry

Molecular testing firm Progenity has appointed Damon Silvestry as its chief operating officer. Silvestry has more than 15 years of experience in strategic lab and business operations, including stints at Natera, Miraca Life Sciences, and Dell. He was most recently senior vice president, operations and people office at Natera.

May 26, 2020

Proteomedix: Maurizo Ballerini, Helene Peyro Saint-Paul

Swiss cancer diagnostics company Proteomedix has appointed Maurizo Ballerini as vice president of market development for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and Helene Peyro Saint-Paul as medical advisor. Both appointments are effective June 1. Ballerini has held medical, commercial, and management positions with MDxHealth, GenProbe, now part of Hologic, Stryker, Randox Laboratories, and Abbott Laboratories. Peyro Saint-Paul has held corporate leadership positions at Serono, Ipsogen, and Qiagen. 

May 26, 2020

Freenome: Bill Quirk, Gary Reedy

Freenome has hired Bill Quirk as its CFO. Prior to joining Freenome, Quirk served as a managing director in the equity research division of investment bank Piper Sandler. The company also announced that Gary Reedy has joined its board of directors as an observer. Reedy became CEO of the American Cancer Society in April 2015, having worked with the organization for more than 20 years. He has had a 37-year career as a healthcare business and advocacy leader, most recently as worldwide VP of government affairs and policy at Johnson & Johnson. He also held senior leadership positions with SmithKline Beecham, Centocor, and Johnson & Johnson.

May 20, 2020

Meridian Bioscience: Tony Serafini-Lamanna

Meridian Bioscience promoted Tony Serafini-Lamanna to executive VP of diagnostics, passing responsibility of the diagnostics division from CEO Jack Kenny and making Serafini-Lamanna an officer of the company. He was previously the global VP and general manager of diagnostics, a position he held since April 2018. The promotion became effective May 18. 

Before joining Meridian, Serafini-Lamanna worked at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics as general manager for diagnostics Canada and VP of marketing for North America. 

May 19, 2020

Sema4: Martin Chavez

Sema4 has appointed Martin Chavez to its board of directors. Chavez served in several senior roles at the investment bank Goldman Sachs, including chief information officer, CFO, and global cohead of the firm's securities division. He was also a member of the firm's management committee.

Chavez cofounded Kiodex and Quorum Software Systems, which provide software for the finance and oil and gas industries, respectively.In addition to Sema4, Chavez serves on the boards of Paige, an AI biomedical tech startup, and Recursion, a software-based drug discovery company. This month he was named president of the Harvard Board of Overseers and serves on the Stanford Medicine board of fellows and the Institute for Advanced Study's board of trustees.

Chavez holds a master's degree in computer science from Harvard and a doctorate in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University.

May 15, 2020

Centogene: Sun Kim, Oved Amitay

Sun Kim will become interim chief business officer of Centogene, effective June 1. He will replace Oved Amitay, who will leave the company on May 31, until a permanent chief business officer has been appointed. Kim is currently Centogene's chief strategy and investor relations officer. Prior to that, he was head of corporate strategy at Shire, and before that, he held multiple roles in the Alcon division of Novartis. Kim holds PhD and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University.

May 12, 2020

Alveo Technologies: Bharat Tewarie

Alveo Technologies has appointed Bharat Tewarie to its board of directors. Tewarie recently founded Boston BioPharma Consultants and was formerly executive vice president and chief marketing officer at biopharma firm UCB. He currently is on the board of Ahara Biosciences and Duluth Medical Technologies. Alameda, California-based Alveo is developing an at-home diagnostic platform called be.well that leverages nucleic acid amplification for the molecular detection of infectious diseases.

May 11, 2020

Roche: Fritz Gerber

Roche announced that former Group CEO and Chairman of the Board Fritz Gerber died at 92. Gerber served as group CEO from 1978 to 1998 and decentralized the company's structures. Under his leadership, Roche acquired a majority stake in Genentech, took over Boehringer Mannheim, and acquired PCR technology. After retiring as chairman in 2001, he remained an honorary chairman throughout the rest of his life. 

Gerber was also on the board of IBM and created the Fritz Gerber Foundation for Gifted Young People.

May 06, 2020

Centogene: Angelos Baxevanis

Angelos Baxevanis has joined Centogene as senior vice president of communication and marketing. He joins the company from AAB Consulting, where he worked with Sobi Pharmaceuticals on enhancing commercial capabilities for rare disease. Prior to that, he led marketing communication and excellence at Smith & Nephew, and before that, he held several positions at Astra Zeneca. Baxevanis has an MBA from the Alba Graduate Business School and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Patras in Greece.

May 06, 2020

OraSure Technologies: Lisa Nibauer

OraSure Technologies has appointed Lisa Nibauer as executive vice president and business unit leader for infectious disease. She will replace Tony Zezzo, who has announced that he will retire from the company. Zezzo's official retirement date will be mutually determined, and he will maintain his current role in OraSure's COVID-19 activities while he coordinates the transition with Nibauer, who will join the company on May 11. Nibauer most recently served as vice president and general manager of global medication delivery solutions at Becton Dickinson.

May 06, 2020

First Light Diagnostics: Joanne Spadoro

First Light Diagnostics announced that Joanne Spadoro is the company's COO. Last September she joined the company as VP of R&D and regulatory affairs. Previously, Spadoro was senior VP of product development and operations at Roche Molecular Systems, leading the teams that launched PCR-based products globally for infectious disease diagnostics, viral load monitoring, and blood screening applications. 

She also served as CSO and worldwide VP of operations at Immucor, developing the company's molecular immunohematology test for the detection of extended blood antigens. Spadoro was also previously the COO at T2 Biosystems. 

May 05, 2020

Grail: Mostafa Ronaghi

Mostafa Ronaghi has joined Grail's board of directors. Ronaghi is currently Illumina's senior vice president of entrepreneurial development, and previously served as the company's senior VP and chief technology officer, a role in which he led internal research and technology and cofounded Grail. He also cofounded the Illumina Accelerator.

In 2007, Ronaghi cofounded Avantome, a privately held sequencing company that was acquired by Illumina in 2008. Before this, he cofounded NextBio, a search engine for life science data that was acquired by Illumina in 2013. In 2001, Ronaghi cofounded ParAllele Bioscience, which was eventually acquired by Affymetrix, and was involved in the development and commercialization of highly multiplexed technology for genetic testing. In 1997 he cofounded Pyrosequencing AB, which was renamed Biotage in 2003. Ronaghi earned his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and was a principal investigator at Stanford University from 2002 until 2008, focused on the development of novel tools for molecular diagnostic applications. He also serves on the board of directors of BaseHealth and Clear Labs. 

May 04, 2020

Oncimmune: Richard Sharp

Oncimmune Holdings announced Richard Sharp has stepped down as a non-executive director of the firm, effective May 4, in order to focus on his new role as senior strategic adviser to the UK government in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. Sharp remains a shareholder in Oncimmune.

Apr 29, 2020

Transplant Genomics: Peter Meintjes

Eurofins-Transplant Genomics has appointed Peter Meintjes as chief commercial officer to lead the commercialization of the company's TruGraf blood test for kidney transplant surveillance. Meintjes joins TGI after six years at Omixon, where most recently served as CEO after having also held the roles of chief commercial officer and director of US operations. Meintjes also previously worked as VP of business development for Biomatters.

Apr 29, 2020

Grail: Satnam Alag

Grail has appointed Satnam Alag as senior VP of software engineering. Prior to Grail, Alag most recently served as VP of software engineering, product development at Illumina. Before Illumina, Alag was chief technology officer at NextBio, which was acquired by Illumina in 2013. Alag has also held other senior software architecture positions, including chief software architect at Deem.  

Apr 24, 2020

HTG Molecular Diagnostics: Maureen Cronin

Maureen Cronin has resigned as CSO and senior VP at HTG Molecular Diagnostics, effective April 30. She will resume her consulting practice to pursue other interests, the company said. Cronin joined HTG Molecular in November 2018 after serving as executive director of strategic information management for Celgene from 2012 to 2017. Before that, she was senior VP of research and product development for Foundation Medicine. She also served as VP of translational research and senior director of technology development at Genomic Health.

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