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People in the News: Aradhana Ghosh, Lori Batta, Barney Saunders, More

Aradhana Ghosh

Syapse has hired Aradhana Ghosh as vice president of oncology. In that role, she will lead the company's clinical operations. Ghosh, a medical oncologist, comes to Syapse from IBM Watson Health and had previously been a physician executive at McKesson. Ghosh earlier was medical director of specialty care for Santa Clara Health & Hospital System in California and was a physician champion for the enterprise-wide rollout of electronic health records at Kaiser Permanente.


Lori Batta

Lori Batta has been promoted to chief commercial officer of Celmatix. Previously, she was the company's senior vice president of sales. Prior to joining Celmatix, Batta was senior vice president of business development and strategic alliances at Good Start Genetics, and before that, she held senior roles at MDR Specialty Pharmacy, EMD Serono, and Novartis.


Barney Saunders

Purigen Biosystems has named Barney Saunders as its new CEO and a member of the board of directors. Saunders joins the Pleasanton, California-based nucleic acid sample prep firm from NanoString Technologies, where he served as SVP of sales and marketing, SVP and GM of life sciences, and chief commercial officer. He also previously served as chief commercial officer of Microchip Biotechnologies (which became IntegenX), and as a general manager at Agilent Technologies, where he led the team that launched the first commercially available full genome arrays for human, rat, and mouse.


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