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Genomic Health has appointed Richard Tompane as president of its new subsidiary InVitae, which will focus on developing next-generation-based sequencing diagnostics for genetic diseases. Tompane was previously president and CEO of Gemfire and has also served as an independent consultant.


Ariosa Diagnostics has appointed Thomas Musci to be vice president of clinical development and medical affairs. Musci was chair of the Genetics Committee for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is a member of the Professional Practice Guidelines Committee for the American College of Medical Genetics and holds an appointment as associate clinical professor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. He was also formerly the director of clinical affairs for Predictive Health and Novartis Diagnostics.

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