NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Complete Genomics has hired Bill Homan as senior vice president and general counsel. His new role includes corporate governance, securities, legal compliance, litigation management, intellectual property management, and supporting executive compensation activities. Previously, he was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Varian from 1999 until that firm was acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2010.

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