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Colette Saccomanno, Jake Orville, Geoff Alms

Gene Express has appointed Colette Saccomanno to be the company's director of business development, the company said last week.
 
Saccomanno, who has a sales and marketing background, most recently was program manager at ArisGlobal and was a senior account executive at Galt Associates. She also served as account executive at Covance Laboratories' Early Development segment, which is now Abbott Molecular, and at Bio-Rad Laboratories.
 

 
NextGen has appointed Jake Orville as vice president of global sales, the company said last week.
 
Orville comes to NextGen from Third Wave Technologies, where he was vice president of sales and business development.
 
Orville takes over for Geoff Alms, who moves to a lead role in North American development.

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