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People in the News: Nicole DeBerg, Mary-Claire King

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The J. Craig Venter Institute has hired Nicole DeBerg as its new chief operating officer. DeBerg will report to J. Craig Venter, the institute's founder and CEO, and President Karen Nelson.

Before joining JCVI, DeBerg was chief financial officer of the San Diego Housing Commission and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Additionally, she has held leadership roles at a number of biotechnology firms, including Altair Therapeutics, Kalypsys, and Depotech.


Mary-Claire King of the University of Washington, Seattle, has won the 2014 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science for her achievements in genetics and breast cancer research. She led the discovery of the BRCA1 gene and elucidated its role hereditary breast cancer. King is the American Cancer Society Research Professor of Genetics and Medicine at UW. She was president of the American Society of Human Genetics in 2012 and has also served on the editorial board of the ASHG's American Journal of Human Genetics.

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