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People in the News: Christopher Thibodeau, Alexander Mackinnon, Keng Hsu

Christopher Thibodeau

OncoCell MDx has appointed Christopher Thibodeau as chief operating officer. Prior to OncoCell MDx, Thibodeau served as COO at MDxHealth. Before MDxHealth, he held various positions at Agendia, Numira Biosciences, LabCorp's US LABS, and Roche Diagnostics' Ventana Medical Systems.

Alexander Mackinnon

Alexander "Craig" Mackinnon has become the inaugural director of the genomics, diagnostics, and bioinformatics division in the pathology department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He will lead ongoing efforts to establish a precision diagnostic laboratory at UAB.

Mackinnon is a board-certified anatomical and molecular genetic pathologist. Prior to UAB, he was associate professor in the pathology department at the Medical College of Wisconsin. While there, Mackinnon directed the clinical and translational research laboratory, which developed multiple sequencing-based panels targeting variants in both DNA and RNA.

Keng Hsu

Yourgene announced this week that Keng Hsu has stepped down from its board. According to the firm, Hsu stepped down to improve the balance of executive and non-executive directors and to focus on business development in Asia. Yourgene plans to add non-executive directors to its board in the near future.

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