People in the News: Paul Billings, Ryan Taft | GenomeWeb

CollabRx has appointed Paul Billings to its board of directors.

Billings most recently served as chief medical officer at Life Technologies. He is executive chairman of Melanoma Diagnostics, a director of Trovagene, and a co-founder and past medical director of the Cordblood Registry. He was also a senior vice president for corporate development at Laboratory Corporation of America and a co-founder of Omicia.

Ryan Taft has joined Illumina as director of scientific research.

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