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People in the News: James Lim, George Church, David Walt, Kevin Chen, More

James Lim

Syapse has hired James Lim as senior VP of product development. In this role, he will head up development of Syapse's precision medicine platform, primarily for cancer patients. Lim is a former executive VP of product and engineering at Internet of Things technology developer Enlightened, a company acquired by Siemens in May.


George Church, David Walt, Kevin Chen

Molecular diagnostics firm NuProbe Global has formed a scientific advisory board and appointed a new member to its board of directors. The firm has named George Church and David Walt as members of the scientific board. Church and Walt are currently professors of genetics and pathology, respectively, at Harvard Medical School. The firm has also appointed Kevin Chen, founding partner at Biotrack Capital, as a member of the board of directors. Chen has previously led investment in healthcare companies including Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), Betta Pharma, and Yuwell Medical.


Alex Dickinson, Robert Proulx

Alex Dickinson and Robert Proulx have joined the board of directors of Quantapore.

Dickinson is currently founder and executive chairman of molecular diagnostics firm ChromaCode. Previously, he was a senior VP at Illumina, and prior to that, the founder and CEO of molecular diagnostics firm Helixis, which Illumina acquired in 2010. Earlier, he was the founder and CEO of Luxtera, which provides silicon photonics products. Dickinson holds a PhD from the University of Adelaide in Australia and an MBA from Columbia University.

Proulx is executive chairman and CEO of Imagion Biosystems, a medical imaging company. He was previously president of Silicon Biosystems, which was acquired by the Menarini Group. Proulx also held executive positions at Nanogen, Gene Logic, Igen, and Packard Bioscience. Proulx holds MA and BA degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and an executive MBA from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.


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