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Elaine Lyon

Aug 29, 2018

Elaine Lyon has joined the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology as director of the HudsonAlpha Clinical Services Lab. Lyon comes to HudsonAlpha from the University of Utah, where she served as medical director for molecular genetics, genomics, and pharmacogenetics at ARUP Laboratories. She also held a faculty position at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in medical genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed a fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at the University of Utah. She has served as president of the Association for Molecular Pathology and is a member of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

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Sep 18, 2019

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Gary Gilliland

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced that D. Gary Gilliland plans to step down as president and director in 2020. Prior to working at the Hutch, Gilliland served as director of the leukemia program at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer, senior VP and global oncology franchise head at Merck, and vice dean and VP of precision medicine at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Sep 17, 2019

Ontera: Mark Rose and Raparti Swayambhu

Nanopore diagnostics firm Ontera has appointed Mark Rose as VP of product management and Raparti Swayambhu as VP of software.

Rose will be responsible for development, launch, and commercial activities of the firm's diagnostic product portfolio. He comes from Google, where he was a product lead and helped launch the Nest brand of internet-connected devices for the home. He has also worked at Motorola and Facebook. He holds an MBA from the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno.

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QuantuMDx: Neil Butler

UK-based QuantuMDx has appointed Neil Butler as its non-executive director. Butler currently serves on the board of Nidor Dx, Radisens, and Spectromics. He previously served as chair and non-executive director for Atlast Genetics/Binx Health and Genomic Vision. 

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ACMG Foundation: Brynn Levy, David Tilstra

Brynn Levy and David Tilstra have been elected to the board of directors of the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine, a nonprofit organization that facilitates the integration of genetics and genomics into medical practice.

Levy is a professor in the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and co-director of the department's division of personalized genomic medicine. In addition, he is the medical director of the clinical cytogenetics laboratory of New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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Sep 10, 2019

Epic Sciences: Joel Smith

San Diego-based Epic Sciences has appointed Joel Smith as its general counsel and executive VP of corporate development. Prior to Epic Sciences, Smith acted as managing counsel of Qualcomm Life. Smith has also served as senior executive and general counsel at biotech and life science companies including BioQ, Triad Therapeutics, and Sientra.


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Quest Diagnostics: Manuel Méndez

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Specific Diagnostics: Eric Stang

Eric Stang has joined the advisory board of Specific Diagnostics, a Mountain View, California-based in vitro diagnostics company. Stang is currently the CEO and chairman of Ooma and a member of the board of directors of Rambus. He most recently served as director of InvenSense, a MEMS semiconductor company, and as director of Solta Medical, a medical aesthetics company. 

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Celcuity: Eric Lindquist

Cell analysis company Celcuity has named Eric Lindquist its chief business officer. He had been global vice president of oncology and rare disease at Natera. Prior to that, he was global vice president of customer and companion diagnostics at Asuragen, as well as director of business development and alliances for companion diagnostics at Roche Diagnostics. 

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Luminex: Dijuana Lewis

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In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Luminex reported that Lewis has served on various nonprofit and advisory boards and has consulted on healthcare related matters since her retirement from Aetna in April 2016.

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Shield Diagnostics: David Esposito

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BioMérieux: Kirk Ririe

Kirk Ririe, has retired from his position as bioMérieux's chief innovation officer and member of the firm's executive committee. Ririe will continue to act as a scientific advisor to the chairman and CEO.

Sep 05, 2019

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Debora Spar, Patrick Durbin, Gianluca Pettiti

Debora Spar has been elected as a director of Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Previously, she was president and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and before that, president of Barnard College. Spar holds a PhD in government from Harvard University and a BSc from Georgetown University.

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Todos Medical: Jorge Leon

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