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Molecular diagnostics firm XDx has appointed Matthew Meyer as vice president of corporate development and legal affairs, the company said this week.

Prior to joining XDx, Meyer was vice president of business development and general counsel at Cerimon Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he held various senior management positions, most recently vice president and general counsel, at Draeger Medical Systems. He has also worked for Novartis, Allscripts, and Pfizer. Meyer holds a JD from Villanova University Law School and a BA from Cornell University.

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