NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Good Start Genetics has appointed Mark Adams to the position of chief information officer. Adams joins Good Start from Bridgewater Associates and was previously a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he developed a biomedical informatics consulting practice. He has also been vice president of bioinformatics at Variagenics, and held positions at Incyte.

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