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Qiagen: Scientific Advisory Board Appointees

Qiagen has created a scientific advisory board, the first in the company's history, and named three inaugural members: Peter Kaspar, who has help multiple leadership positions at Roche Diagnostics and BioMerieux; Patrice Nordmann, chair of the medical and molecular microbiology department at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; and Neville Sanjana, a core faculty member at the New York Genome Center and an assistant professor at New York University.

Ross Levine, a member of Qiagen's supervisory board and a US physician scientist focused on blood and bone marrow cancers, will chair the SAB; while Metin Colpan, an advisory board member and Qiagen cofounder, will serve as vice-chair.

The Scan

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