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People in the News: Deanna Church; Pete Betzelos; and More

Deanna Church

10x Genomics has appointed Deanna Church as senior director of applications. Church will be utilizing the company's powerful Linked-Read data to develop methods for unlocking critical molecular and cellular information. She comes to the company from Personalis, where she served as senior director of genomics and content. Prior to that, Church worked for the National Center for Biotechnology for 14 years.

Pete Betzelos and Joachim Schorr

Fluidigm has appointed Pete Betzelos as senior vice president of marketing, and Joachim Schorr as senior vice president of research and development. They will both report to Marc Unger, executive vice president of research, development, and marketing. Betzelos most recently served as global leader of clinical next generation sequencing in vitro diagnostics systems at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Previously, he was vice president of global marketing at Cepheid and has held executive positions at Roche. Schorr most recently served as CSO at Caris Life Sciences. Previously he served as managing director and senior vice president of global research and development at Qiagen.

Jay Flatley

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley has been elected chairman of the firm's board of directors following the resignation of William Rastetter, who served as chairman for the past 11 years. Rastetter resigned the post so he could invest in and serve as an Illumina representative on the board of directors of Grail, a majority-owned subsidiary of Illumina launched last month. Illumina said that its board intends to appoint a lead independent director.

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