Kenneth Berlin

Apr 11, 2018

Rosetta Genomics President and CEO Kenneth Berlin is resigning from the company effective April 18 to pursue other opportunities. He will assist the company in a smooth transition with ongoing projects, the company said. Berlin joined Rosetta Genomics in November 2009 as president and CEO. Before that, he was worldwide general manager at Veridex, a Johnson & Johnson company. He joined J&J in 1994 and was its corporate counsel for six years, according to Rosetta Genomics' website. From 2001 to 2004, he was vice president of licensing and new business development in the pharmaceutical group at J&J, and from 2004 to 2007, he was worldwide VP of franchise development at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, also a J&J company. 

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