The Global Alliance for Genomics in Health has appointed Ewan Birney to lead its efforts to accelerate medical and research advancements through the responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data. He will assume the new role on Nov. 1. Birney currently serves as director of the European Bioinformatics Institute and as non-executive director of Genomics England. He is also a consultant and advisor to a number of companies, including Oxford Nanopore Technologies and GlaxoSmithKline. Birney was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015, and has worked in the laboratories of leading scientists Adrian Krainer, Toby Gibson, and Iain Campbell.