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People in the News: New Appointments at Castle Biosciences, Oxford Nanopore, PGDx, More

Castle Biosciences: Kim Caple, Ellen Goldberg

Kimberlee Caple and Ellen Goldberg have been appointed to the board of directors of Castle Biosciences, effective immediately.

Caple is VP and general manager of Thermo Fisher Scientific's genetic sciences business. Prior to that, she was VP and general manager for Thermo Fisher's capillary electrophoresis business, and before that, VP of clinical business at Affymetrix. Caple holds a B.S. in biology from Purdue University.

Goldberg is the founder and president of Chord Consulting. Previously, she was VP of marketing at Crescendo Bioscience, and before that, she led marketing at Genomic Health. She has an M.S. in chemistry and an MBA from Stanford University, as well as a B.S. in chemistry from Yale University.


Oxford Nanopore Technologies: Wendy Becker, Adrian Hennah

Wendy Becker and Adrian Hennah have joined Oxford Nanopore Technologies' board of directors as independent non-executive directors, effective June 24.

Becker was previously CEO of clothing manufacturer and retailer Jack Wills, global chief marketing officer at Vodafone, managing director of TalkTalk, and a partner at McKinsey & Company. Later this year, she is expected to become chair of Oxford Nanopore's remuneration committee.

Hennah was previously CFO at Reckitt Benckiser, Smith & Nephew, and Invensys. Before that, he held senior management and financial positions at GlaxoSmithKline. He is expected to become chair of Oxford Nanopore's audit committee later this year.


Personal Genome Diagnostics: Mark Sausen

Personal Genome Diagnostics has appointed Mark Sausen as VP of technology innovation. Sausen previously spent six years as VP of research and development at PGDx and returns to the company from a stint as scientific director of clinical genetics and genomics at Bristol Myers Squibb. In his new role at PGDx, Sausen will lead the identification and development of new genomic sequencing technologies and applications to expand the firm's Elio product line.

Among other experience, Sausen has contributed to research at the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, and the Human Performance Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has received numerous awards and research grants for his work in genomics and diagnostics.


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