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People in the News: Leroy Hood, Paul Flicek, Marc Olesen


Bioinformatics startup Omicia has appointed Leroy Hood and Paul Flicek to its scientific advisory board. Hood is co-founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology and helped found several companies, including Applied Biosystems (now Life Technologies) and Amgen. Flicek is team leader and senior scientist at the European Bioinformatics Institute.

DNAnexus has appointed Marc Olesen as president and chief operating officer to help the company as it readies the commercial launch of its new genomic data management and analysis platform.

Olesen was most recently senior vice president and general manager of network and cloud security for McAfee. He was also vice president of software-as-a-service for Mercury Interactive, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. He holds a BA in economics and an MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University.

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