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People in the News: Gil McVean, Lauren Silvis, Debora Spar, Patrick Durbin, More

Genomics: Gil McVean

Gil McVean has been appointed chief information officer of UK data science company Genomics, a post he will take up before the end of 2019. He cofounded the company and is already one of its directors. McVean will be joining Genomics from the University of Oxford, where he is the founding director of the Big Data Institute and a professor of statistical genetics at the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Prior to that, he was head of bioinformatics and statistical genetics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford and a professor of statistical genetics at the university's Department of Statistics.

Tempus: Lauren Silvis

Tempus hired Lauren Silvis to the newly created position of senior vice president of external affairs, in charge of all regulatory, public policy, and government affairs for the fast-growing precision medicine company. An attorney by trade, Silvis had most recently been chief of staff to former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. She will based in Tempus' soon-to-be-opened office in Washington, DC.

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Debora Spar, Patrick Durbin, Gianluca Pettiti

Debora Spar has been elected as a director of Thermo Fisher Scientific. She is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Previously, she was president and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and before that, president of Barnard College. Spar holds a PhD in government from Harvard University and a BSc from Georgetown University.

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