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Lunaphore: Joseph Bernardo

Lausanne, Switzerland-based Lunaphore Technologies has appointed Joseph Bernardo chairman of its board of directors. Bernardo has a leadership background spanning the diagnostic value chain, including laboratory management, sales, service, marketing, distribution, operations, and R&D. Bernardo has held four president positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific, including in the divisions of Next Generation Sequencing, Immunodiagnostics, Anatomic Pathology, and Fisher Healthcare. In addition to his operational executive experience in diagnostics, Bernardo has significant M&A experience and has been involved in more than 40 due diligence assessments, acquisitions, and company integrations, Lunaphore said.

The Scan

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