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People in the News: New Appointments at Sema4, Strata Oncology, Bionano Genomics, More

Sema4: Andrew Kasarskis

Sema4 has appointed Andrew Kasarskis to the newly created position of chief data officer. Kasarskis will be responsible for establishing additional structures and processes to optimize the company's health intelligence platform and orchestrating data use and data science to support R&D, Sema4 said. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief data officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Pacific Biosciences, Sage Bionetworks, and Merck. He holds a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley; and a B.S. in biology and B.A. in chemistry from the University of Kentucky.


Strata Oncology: Mark Szewczyk

Strata Oncology has appointed Mark Szewczyk as chief commercial officer. Szewczyk brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and commercial leadership in molecular diagnostics, Strata said. He most recently served as vice president of global commercial operations for molecular diagnostics at Abbott. He has also served as general manager in Abbott's molecular diagnostics division; GM of diagnostics imaging systems at Philips Healthcare; and GM of the Cleveland Clinic Home Care. Szewczyk holds an MBA from Drexel University and a B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio State University.


Bionano Genomics: Richard Shippy

Bionano Genomics has added Richard Shippy as chief business officer. Shippy brings over two decades of experience in the life sciences industry. He comes to Bionano from Cradle Genomics, where he was VP of commercial operations and a cofounder. He also was senior director of strategic product marketing in reproductive and genetic health at Illumina and senior director of product marketing at Affymetrix.


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