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People in the News: Mark McDonough, Russel Peloquin

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CombiMatrix has named Mark McDonough as its chief commercial officer.

McDonough was most recently vice president of sales, customer service, and training at Pathwork Diagnostics, a position he held since 2008. Prior to that, he was vice president of sales at USLabs/Dianon

McDonough holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Miami University-Ohio.


SQI Diagnostics has hired Russel Peloquin as a senior sales contractor (see related story, this issue).

Peloquin has served as international diagnostics business manager at Luminex, a sales executive at Quest Diagnostics, and director of sales and marketing for North America at Nordiag.

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