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People in the News: Keith Elliston, Michael Braxenthaler, Brian Athey, and Kevin Smith


The TranSMART Foundation has made several changes to its management team.

The foundation has selected Keith Elliston to serve as its CEO and president. Previously, he was the foundation's chief science officer and head of business development. He is also president of Seneca Creek Research.

Elliston will be taking over from co-CEO's Michael Braxenthaler and Brian Athey, who will take on the roles of vice president of industry relations and chief science officer respectively. Braxenthaler is also president of the Pistoia Alliance and global head strategic alliances for Roche, while Athey is professor and chair of the department of computational medicine and bioinformatics at the University of Michigan's medical school.

Meanwhile, Kevin Smith, who was previously the executive director of the foundation will now serve as community manager and secretary. He is also director of UM's medical school.

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