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Steven Smith has been selected to serve as the executive vice president of bioinformatics at Orion Genomics.

Smith will lead Orion's efforts to develop bioinformatics tools that support its diagnostics and genomics services business units. Furthermore, he will direct the development of bioinformatics infrastructure to support new programs that use next-generation sequencing for high-resolution mapping of DNA methylation.

Prior to joining Orion, Smith was vice president of bioinformatics at NimbleGen (now part of Roche), where he led the development of bioinformatics tools for making custom arrays. He also worked at Millipore, Genetics Computer Group, and owned Genesmith Informatics, a consulting firm that specialized in bioinformatics support, software development, and genome analysis.

Smith served as the director of computation at the Harvard Genome Laboratory where he led the assembly and analysis of the Mycoplasma capricolum genome. He holds a BS in computer science engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's school of engineering.

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