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People in the News: New Appointments at Natera, Quanterix, Sophia Genetics, More

Natera: Monica Bertagnolli

Monica Bertagnolli has been appointed to the board of directors of Natera. She is a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and associate surgeon in the division of surgical oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition, she is the CEO of Alliance Foundation Trial, a nonprofit organization that conducts international cancer clinical trials, as well as VP of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups. Bertagnolli holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from Princeton University and a medical degree from the University of Utah College of Medicine.


Quanterix: William Geist

Quanterix has named William Geist as chief operating officer. Geist most recently served as vice president and general manager for two of Thermo Fisher Scientific's protein and cell analysis and qPCR business units. He also held a key leadership role in Thermo Fisher's COVID-19 task force in its biosciences division. Prior to this, Geist held numerous sales, marketing, and business development leadership roles including vice president of sales, marketing, and business development at Qiagen's Quanta BioSciences. He holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College.


Sophia Genetics: Bram Goorden

Sophia Genetics has hired Bram Goorden as chief commercial officer and head of North American operations. Goorden, who will oversee expansion of the firm's global reach, joins Sophia from Foundation Medicine, where he was VP of international business and partnering. He previously served as general manager and head of therapeutics for Prometheus Laboratories.


Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Alison Goate

Alison Goate has been named chair of the department of genetics and genomics sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Goate is the Willard T.C. Johnson research professor of neurogenetics and a professor of genetics and genomic science, neuroscience, and neurology. Her research focuses on genetic risk factors of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

She came to Mount Sinai in 2015 as founding director of the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer's Disease and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Goate holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.


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Just Make It

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