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Consumer Genomics Startup Navigenics Makes Official Debut; Names Sue Siegel as Director

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Navigenics, a Bay Area company focused on using whole-genome scanning to identify an individuals’ genetic risks for certain diseases, today said it has made its official debut as a company.
The firm said it has also secured a Series B round of venture capital financing for an undisclosed amount, bringing its total funding to $25 million to date.
The company, which has named as a director former Affymetrix President Sue Siegel, said it will initially use saliva-based tests and genome scans to “help people understand their genetic predisposition to disease and arm them with the information about what actions to take.” Siegel is a partner with MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures, which participated in the round.
Beside MDV-Mohr Davidow Ventures, Navigenics said participants in the financing included Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.

The Scan

Bit of Each

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Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

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