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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has appointed James Downing as its new CEO, effective July 15. Downing most recently served as deputy director, executive vice president, and scientific director of the hospital. He will succeed William Evans, who is retiring as CEO after 10 years and returning full time to his pharmacogenomics research program at St. Jude.

EpiCypher, an epigenomics products and services firm, has named Sam Tetlow to be its first CEO and to serve on the board of directors.

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