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Jack Crowley, Kavita Patel, Garry Nicholson

Personal Genome Diagnostics has appointed Jack Crowley as its chief financial officer. Crowley most recently served as CFO at Lantheus Medical Imaging, where he led a transition from a private equity-backed to a publicly-traded global life sciences company. Prior to serving as CFO, Crowley also served as Lantheus' chief accounting officer, VP of finance, and global corporate controller. He also served as director of finance and assistant corporate controller at Biogen and director of accounting at Thermo Fischer Scientific. A Certified Public Accountant, he holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in Business Administration from Westfield State University.

PGDx has also appointed Kavita Patel and Garry Nicholson to its board of directors. Patel has served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. Prior to the White House, she served as deputy staff director on health on the late Senator Edward Kennedy's staff. She also serves on the board of directors at Dignity Health and SSM Health Care. 

Nicholson currently serves as director at Five Prime Therapeutics, G1 Therapeutics, Tmunity Therapetics Inc, and SQZ Biotechnology. He previously served as President and CEO of XTuit Pharmaceuticals, as well as a member of the firm's board of directors. Prior to that, he served as president of Pfizer Oncology. He has also served on the Pfizer Foundation's board of directors and was a member of the firm's Portfolio, Strategy, and Investment Committee. In addition, Nicholson previously held leadership positions in the oncology division of Eli Lily. 

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