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Michael Hultner

PetaGene has appointed Michael Hultner as senior vice president and general manager of US operations. Hultner will be responsible for growng the company's commercial operations and client support in the US while contributing to the strategic direction of PetaGene and its products, which include PetaSuite and PetaSuite Cloud Edition for genomic data compression. Hultner joins PetaGene from Seven Bridges, where he was chief strategy officer and general manager of national programs. Prior to that he was chief scientist at Leidos, and he has held several executive positions at Lockheed Martin Health & Life Sciences.

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