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Benjamin Solomon

Sep 28, 2016

Opko Health has appointed Benjamin Solomon as managing director of GeneDx, part of Opko's BioReference Laboratories subsidiary. Solomon comes to Opko from Inova Translational Medicine Institute, where he most recently served as chief of the division of medical genomics. He attended medical school at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and completed his residency and fellowship training in pediatric medicine and clinical genetics at the National Human Genome Research Institute and at Children's National Medical Center. Solomon is a board-certified pediatrician in clinical genetics and pediatrics.

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Jul 10, 2019

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OncoCell MDx has appointed Christopher Thibodeau as chief operating officer. Prior to OncoCell MDx, Thibodeau served as COO at MDxHealth. Before MDxHealth, he held various positions at Agendia, Numira Biosciences, LabCorp's US LABS, and Roche Diagnostics' Ventana Medical Systems 

Jul 03, 2019

Steven Averbuch

Steven Averbuch has joined Caris Life Sciences' scientific advisory board. Averbuch recently retired from the role of vice president and head of precision medicine in the translational medicine division of R&D at Bristol-Myers Squibb. During his tenure, Averbuch spearheaded the Pharmacodiagnostics Center of Excellence, which led to the application of BMS' precision medicine strategy across all therapeutic areas. Prior to this, Averbuch oversaw corporate-wide strategic initiatives for translational and targeted medicine at BMS. He also served as head of early global clinical research at the company. Averbuch also previously held leadership roles with Merck Research Laboratories and AstraZeneca, and held academic appointments at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the US Public Health Service School of Medicine.

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Jonathan Genzen

ARUP Laboratories appointed Jonathan Genzen as its chief operating officer effective July 1. Genzen has held a number of positions since starting at ARUP in January 2013. He served as its chemistry section chief and medical director for its automated core laboratory, laboratory automation, and Farmington clinical laboratory, among other responsibilities. Prior to joining ARUP, Genzen was a faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Troy Cox

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Jul 02, 2019

Grace Colón

CareDx has appointed Grace Colón to its board of directors.  Colón currently served as president, CEO, and director of InCarda Therapeutics. She is also executive chairman of ProterixBIo and is on the board of Cocoon Biotech. Colón previously served on the boards of Paradigm Diagnostics and PerceptiMed. Colón has also served as a partner at New Science Ventures and held various leadership roles at Intrexon, Gilead Sciences, and Affymetrix. She will succeed Amy Abernethy on CareDx's board. 

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Veracyte has appointed Keith Kennedy as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Veracyte, Kennedy served as executive leadership positions at MCG Capital, Arlington Capital Partners, and GE Capital over the past 20 years.

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