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GeneIQ: Sami Shihabi

GeneIQ, a Colony, Texas-based company specializing in pharmacogenomic testing and RT-PCR testing for infectious diseases, has appointed Sami Shihabi as chief commercial officer. He was most recently CCO at Progenity, where he led the women's health diagnostics and gastroenterology precision medicine divisions. Before that, Shihabi was CCO at Prometheus Laboratories, and prior to that he had roles in sales, marketing, and R&D in infectious disease and oncology at Bausch Health and Baxter Oncology. Based in

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