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Genetic Alliance last week announced the appointment of Ann Waldo as its senior counsel.

"This marks the first time in its 24-year history that Genetic Alliance has in-house counsel," Genetic Alliance said in a statement. Waldo will provide legal guidance to the non-profit genetics research and policy organization on issues, such as privacy, gene patenting, genetic discrimination, newborn screening, and health information technology.

Waldo is also a partner in the law firm of Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, LLP, where she specializes in legal issues dealing with privacy and information management, particularly with respect to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Previously, Waldo was the chief privacy officer for Lenovo and she also served as the chief privacy officer at Hoffman-La Roche.


Silicon Kinetics announced two new members to its board of directors: Rick Brown, formerly the CEO of MicroCal, acquired by GE Healthcare; and Eric Topol, director of Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer of Scripps Health.

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