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People in the News: Christine Castro, Neil Rothstein, Jonathan Ward, Patrick Terry

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Direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm 23andMe announced several new appointments to its executive team, including Christine Castro as VP of communications, Neil Rothstein as VP of marketing, and Jonathan Ward as VP of strategic alliances.

Before joining 23andMe, Castro was VP of corporate relations at Genentech, chief communications officer for Yahoo! Inc., and VP of corporate communications at The Walt Disney Company.

Rothstein worked at Netflix for 11 years before coming to 23andMe. Most recently, he served as VP of online marketing at Netflix.

Ward was interim chief marketing officer at eHarmony.com before coming to 23andMe and has held marketing and business development positions at America Online, McKinsey & Company, as well as Ogilvy, Adams & Rinehart.


Patrick Terry this week announced he is leaving consulting firm Scientia Advisors, where he was head of the pricing, reimbursement, and market access practice.

Upon his departure from Scientia, Terry plans to take some personal time, and then depart for a speaking tour through China in November. Hebei United University in Tangshan, China, has awarded Terry with an honorary post as professor of medical sciences. Terry will be speaking throughout the country about personalized medicine.

Terry is best known for having started a number of life sciences-focused organizations and companies. In 2000, Terry was among a group of life sciences leaders that founded the molecular diagnostics firm Genomic Health.

After this, Terry plans to return to founding and investing in new healthcare and technology companies.

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