NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina said this week that Robert Epstein has joined its board of directors. Epstein formerly was chief R&D officer and president of Medco-UBC, and he was Medco’s chief medical officer for 13 years.

He also served as president of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and he was on the board of directors of the Drug Information Association and the International Society of Quality of Life.

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