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Standard BioTools: Jeffrey Black

Standard BioTools has appointed Jeffrey Black as senior VP and CFO. Former CFO Vikram Jog will remain at the company for an unspecific period of time as a special advisor to the CEO to ensure an effective transition. Black was most recently CFO at Apollo Endosurgery until that company was acquired by Boston Scientific in April 2023. He has also previously served as executive VP and CFO of Alphatec Holdings, CFO of Applied Proteomics, and CFO of AltheaDx. He holds a BS in business from the University of Arizona.

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