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Howard Jacob

Howard Jacob has joined AbbVie as vice president of the genomic research center, leaving the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology. He had served as vice president of medical genomics and chief medical officer there since 2015. Jacob also cofounded Envision Genomics, a spinout of HudsonAlpha that aimed to make whole-genome sequencing standard of care for rare disease diagnostics. Prior to joining HudsonAlpha, Jacob served for nearly 20 years at the Medical College of Wisconsin, including as founding director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center and as a professor of physiology. Previous to that, he was on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

The Scan

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