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People in the News: Amy Abernethy, Ajay Gopal, Deena Bahri, David King, More

Amy Abernethy

CareDx has appointed Amy Abernethy to its board of directors. Abernethy is chief medical officer, CSO, and senior vice president for oncology for Flatiron Health. She also serves on the board for Athenahealth. Before joining Flatiron, Abernethy was a professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and ran the Center for Learning Health Care in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Cancer Care Research Program in the Duke Cancer Institute. She maintains an adjunct professorship with Duke.


Ajay Gopal, Deena Bahri

Helix has hired Ajay Gopal as chief financial officer and Deena Bahri as chief marketing officer. Gopal was most recently vice president and CFO at StubHub and before that held several roles at eBay and GE Healthcare. Bahri was previously chief marketing officer at startup juice company Juicero and before that chief marketing officer at Birchbox.


David King

Fluidigm has appointed David King VP of R&D, genomics. He joins the firm from IntegenX, where he was executive VP, product development. King also previously held the position of VP of product development at Affymetrix, and VP of R&D and operations at Guava Technologies.


For more recent items on executive appointments and promotions in the omics and molecular diagnostics industries, please see the People in the News page on our website.

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