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People in the News: New Appointments at Adaptive Biotechnologies, BD, Seven Bridges, More

Adaptive Biotechnologies: Mark Adams, Nancy Hill

Adaptive Biotechnologies has appointed Mark Adams as chief operating officer effective Jan. 25, 2021. Adams, 53, joined Adaptive in April 2020 as chief technical officer.  

Adams holds a PhD in cell biology from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his postdoc in computational biology at Boston University.

On Jan. 21, 2021, Adaptive and Nancy Hill, the firm's executive VP of operations and program management, agreed that her tenure will be terminated, effective March 2, 2021. Hill's termination is not the result of any material disagreement with the company regarding its operations, policies, or practices, Adaptive said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.


Becton Dickinson: Tom Polen, Vincent Forlenza

Becton Dickinson has named CEO Tom Polen as chairman of the board of directors, effective April 28, 2021. Polen will succeed Vincent Forlenza, who will retire from BD at that time.


Seven Bridges: Viresh Patel

Seven Bridges has named Viresh Patel senior VP of marketing. Patel, who holds a PhD in immunology, previously had been senior director of global marketing for the genomics business of Agilent Technologies. Before that, he had several roles in a 15-year career at Bio-Rad Laboratories.


For additional recent items on executive appointments and promotions in the omics and molecular diagnostics industries, please see the People in the News page on our website.

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