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Visby Medical: Mark Ibison, Christopher Jowett, Alicia Zuiker

Visby Medical announced Mark Ibison has joined the firm as chief financial office. Also, Christopher Jowett was hired as chief commercial officer, and Alicia Zuiker was hired as chief people officer.

Ibison joins Visby from Mesa Biotech where he was CFO. Prior to that, he was CFO at SOLVD Health. He also was VP of finance for Thermo Fisher Biosciences and VP of finance for Thermo Fisher Microbiology. Jowett was previously VP of molecular diagnostics, North America for Qiagen. He also held various leadership roles at Abbott. Zuiker was director of people operations, customer experience at Google and previously was VP of human resources at GE.

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