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People In The News: Aug 17, 2012

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genomic Health has hired Sam Levy as chief scientific officer, replacing Joffre Baker, who has resigned that post and will now serve as senior biology fellow at Genomic Health.

Levy is the director of genomic sciences at Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Genomic Medicine, as well as a professor of molecular and experimental medicine at the Scripps Research Institute. Previously, Levy served as director and professor in human genomics at the J. Craig Venter Institute, where he was the leading scientist on the first published diploid genome sequence of a human.

Brynn Levy has been elected president of the Cancer Cytogenomics Microarray Consortium. Levy, who is director of clinical cytogenetics at Columbia University Medical Center, will take the reins of the organization from current president Anwar Iqbal next year.

Genomind has named Hill Meade to be senior VP of information services and technology. Meade formerly was an executive involved in strategy development, operations, and project management and other areas at MEDecision, Siemens Healthcare, and Deloitte Consulting's Healthcare and IT practice.

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics' Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine is naming its most prestigious award after ACMG's Founding President and former ACMG Foundation President David Rimoin, who died in May, ACMG Foundation's board of directors said this week.

The David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to researchers who have made significant, long-term contributions to medical genetics. ACMG said it has launched a campaign to create an endowment to provide for a monetary prize that will accompany the award.

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