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Owkin: Jerome Pesenti

Drug discovery firm Owkin has named longtime artificial intelligence developer and executive Jerome Pesenti to its board of directors. Pesenti most recently served as VP of AI at Facebook parent company Meta. Prior to that, he was CEO of the BenevolentTech division of drug discovery firm BenevolentAI. Pesenti earlier was a VP at IBM Watson as well as a visiting scientist in text mining and AI at Carnegie Mellon University.

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