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People In The News: May 16, 2014

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Foundation Medicine has appointed Urmi Prasad Richardson to vice president of its international business. Richardson will be based in Germany. Previously, she held leadership positions at Chiron, Novartis, and Immucor.

Scott Mendel has been named CFO at GenMark Diagnostics.

Mendel joins GenMark from Active Network, where he held the same position for four years. Prior to Active Network, he worked at GE for more than 20 years, most recently serving as CFO of the company's Healthcare IT division.

Mendel's appointment as CFO is effective May 13. He replaces Richard Slansky, who will leave the company for personal reasons after a transition period.

Hologic has appointed Robert McMohan to be its next CFO, replacing Glenn Muir, and it has named Peter Valenti as division president, Breast Health. Muir will remain with the Hologic through November to ensure a smooth transition.

McMohan formerly held a number of senior positions at Johnson and Johnson, most recently as worldwide VP of finance and business development for the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics group.

Valenti previously was a principal at The New England Consulting Group, a GM for Covidien's Surgical Devices business, and he spent a dozen years at Johnson and Johnson.

Transgenomic has appointed John Thompson as a Class II director of the firm. He also will serve on the audit committee of Transgenomics' board of directors. Thompson was senior VP of strategy and corporate development at Invitrogen, from which he retired in 2007.

Linda McAllister has joined Toronto-based molecular diagnostics firm Xagenic as chief medical officer.

McAllister previously has worked on the development and launch of molecular technologies at Roche Diagnostics, Celera Diagnostics, and Affymetrix. She most recently was CMO at the prenatal genetic testing company Cellscape, and she was CMO and VP of R&D at Pharmajet. She also was an adjunct clinical professor in the University of California, San Francisco department of medicine from 1992 to 2005, and a research fellow at Stanford University.

The Pistoia Alliance has hired Richard Holland to serve as its executive director of operations.

Holland comes to Pistoia after working for bioinformatics consultancy Eagle Genomics for six years. He will begin his new role at Pistoia in June this year, leading a team focused on building and delivering a portfolio of diverse and complex initiatives for the alliance.

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