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NuProbe Global: Yingshuang Chai

Jan 06, 2020

NuProbe Global has named Yingshuang Chai CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Chai was cofounder and CEO of CarrierGene Biotech, a Chinese genetic testing firm that recently merged with NuProbe. He brings 20 years of experience in market operations, having served as the national clinical business director at Life Technologies China and national director of clinical strategy and development at Thermo Fisher China.

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Sep 22, 2020

Euformatics: Tommi Kaasalainen

Euformatics has named Tommi Kaasalainen as CEO. He replaces Olli Pasanen, who remains chairman of the Finnish genomic informatics firm. Kaasalainen joins Euformatics after serving as CEO of Nukute, a startup maker of wireless sensors for sleep apnea diagnostics. He also was executive VP of Innokas Medical, a medical device manufacturer in Finland.   

Sep 22, 2020

Exact Sciences: Eli Casdin

In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Comission, Exact Sciences said that board member Eli Casdin had submitted his resignation from the company's board of directors, effective Sept. 21. Casdin is the chief investment officer and founder of Casdin Capital, an investment firm focused on the life sciences and healthcare industry.

Sep 22, 2020

Inivata: Peter Collins

Inivata has appointed Peter Collins as the firm's chief business officer. Prior to Inivata, Collins most recently held senior leadership positions at Guardant Health. He has also served as chief business officer at Yourgene Health. Prior to Yourgene, Collins served as VP, head of diagnostics at GSK, as well as VP of pharma business development at Qiagen. He was also the founder and board member of Epemed. 

Sep 18, 2020

Quidel: Robert Bujarski

Quidel has appointed Robert Bujarski as chief operating officer effective Sept. 14. Bujarski had been Quidel's SVP of commercial operations in North America and general counsel since July 2019, SVP of business development from August 2009 through July 2019, and corporate secretary until February 2019.

Sep 17, 2020

iAssay: Edward Strong

Edward Strong has been named scientific director of iAssay, a firm developing an open platform that consolidates utilization of a range of point-of-care tests with a single cloud-connected, handheld reader. Strong, a geneticist, formerly cofounded and served as CEO of MedGenomics, and also served as interim CEO of LifeGenomix.

Sep 17, 2020

Biofidelity: Stephen Miller

Biofidelity has appointed Stephen Miller as chief commercial officer. Miller has held leadership positions at both public and private companies including Precipio, BG Medicine, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Athena Diagnostics.

Sep 16, 2020

Gravity Diagnostics: Mary Talbott

Gravity Diagnostics has hired Mary Talbott as chief legal secretary and secretary. Talbott has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and private practice and most recently was senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Tennant Company. Before that, she was VP, assistant general counsel, and assistant corporate secretary for General Cable. Gravity Dx is a full-service CLIA laboratory based in Covington, Kentucky and provides testing services in infectious diseases, toxicology, and pharmacogenomics.

Sep 15, 2020

Alveo Technologies: Fran Soistman

Fran Soistman has joined the scientific board of Alveo Technologies. He has more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare and managed care sector, including as executive vice president for Aetna. As a member of Alveo's scientific advisory board, Soistman will help guide the firm's efforts to implement its infectious disease testing technologies. Alameda, California-based Alveo is developing its be.well platform, a point-of-care, at-home diagnostic tool.

Sep 15, 2020

NeoGenomics: Madhushree Ghosh

NeoGenomics announced that Madhushree Ghosh has joined the company as VP of alliances and companion diagnostics. She previously served as the senior director of strategic accounts and global strategic partnerships at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She has also served as VP of alliance management and VP of the research services business unit at Althea Dx, as well as in senior leadership positions at Qiagen and Enigma Diagnostics. Ghosh has expertise in next-generation sequencing, multiplex and real-time PCR, oncology, and infectious diseases.

Sep 14, 2020

Veracyte: Richard Kloos

Veracyte has promoted Richard Kloos to executive medical director, overseeing the company's global medical affairs in all clinical areas addressed by its genomic tests. Kloos previously served as senior medical director of endocrinology at Veracyte, which he joined in 2012. He was previously a professor of endocrinology and metabolism, and nuclear medicine at Ohio State University, and was attending physician at the OSU Comprehensive Care Center. He was also codirector of the OSU Thyroid Cancer Unit and served a four-year term as secretary and chief operating officer for the American Thyroid Association.

Sep 14, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Joseph Holmes, Peter Hornstra

Joseph Holmes has been elected as VP and chief accounting officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, effective March 31, 2021. He will succeed Peter Hornstra, who will retire from the company March 31. Holmes is currently senior director of technical accounting at Thermo Fisher, a position he assumed when he joined the company in 2017. Previously, he was director of technical accounting and reporting at St. Jude Medical, which was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2017.

Sep 14, 2020

Vizgen: Terry Lo, Peidong Wang

Spatial gene expression analysis startup Vizgen has appointed Terry Lo as president and CEO, effective immediately. He has more than two decades of experience in developing commercialization strategies for life sciences companies, Vizgen said. Lo comes to Vizgen from Akoya Biosciences, where he was president. He has also held executive positions at PerkinElmer, Roche, Hologic, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Lo has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a masters' degree in microbiology from Virginia Tech.

Interim CEO Peidong Wang will remain at Vizgen as VP of engineering.

Sep 14, 2020

Pacific Biosciences: Susan Kim

Pacific Biosciences has appointed Susan Kim as CFO, effective Sept. 28, 2020. She brings 20 years of senior-level finance and operations experience. Kim most recently served as CFO for App Annie and Katerra. She has also held leadership roles at KLA Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Advanced Micro Devices. Kim holds MBA and masters of engineering management degrees from Northwestern University.

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GenMark Diagnostics: Brian Mitchell

GenMark Diagnostics said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that Brian Mitchell, its senior vice president of operations, is no longer employed by the company.

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