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Aperiomics: Alexander Valencia

Alexander Valencia has joined Aperiomics as Chief Clinical Officer. He will oversee the microorganism sequencing firm's clinical test development, validations, regulatory affairs, and operations.

Prior to joining Aperiomics, Valencia served as molecular laboratory director at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has experience at PerkinElmer Genomics. He holds a doctorate from Canada's Carleton University and the University of Ottawa and held post-doctoral positions in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in clinical molecular genetics at Emory University.

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