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John Cooke, William Hiatt, Joseph Coll, Eric Fung

Vermillion last week said it has formed a clinical steering committee to help it develop and commercialize a blood-based test for peripheral artery disease.
The committee will also provide scientific guidance to help the company get approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for the test under development by Vermillion, the company said in a statement.
The initial members of the committee are: John Cooke, a professor of medicine at Stanford University and immediate past-president of the Society for Vascular Medine and Biology; William Hiatt, president of the Colorado Prevention Center and professor of medicine and chief of vascular medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; Joseph Coll, senior biostatistician at the Colorado Prevention Center and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; and Eric Fung, CSO of Vermillion.

The Scan

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