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Perthera has hired Subha Madhavan, as its chief data officer. Madhavan will head up the planning and organization of Perthera's data analytic framework, standards, and quality control.

Madhavan is director of the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Georgetown University Medical Center and leads the biomedical informatics program at the Georgetown-Howard CTSA. She was also principal investigator of the Breast and Colon Cancer Family Registries data center, which collects public health and epidemiology data from 12 sites in the US, Australia, and Canada.


Proteome Sciences said this week that Anthony Walker has resigned his position as a non-executive director on the company's board, leaving to focus on his his Alacrita consultancy business.

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