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Joseph Smith, Bill Murray

Cepheid said that Joseph Smith will retire from the firm as executive vice president and general counsel and will be replaced by Bill Murray.

Smith joined Cepheid in 2003 and has led the company's legal and business development. Murray's will take over for Smith effective Jan. 1, 2016. He also will continue as chief privacy officer, a position he currently holds in addition to being vice president of Oncology IP. Murray has been with the company since 2010, and in addition to establishing the firm's oncology collaborations and licenses with numerous universities, Murray has led Cepheid's worldwide commercial operations legal support.

The Scan

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