Paul Dark, Angela Caliendo, Stephan Harbarth, Romney Humphries

Mar 08, 2017

DNAe has appointed Paul Dark, Angela Caliendo, Stephan Harbarth, and Romney Humphries to its newly formed clinical advisory board. Dark serves as chair of critical care medicine at the University of Manchester. He also works as a national research lead in critical care for the National Institute of Health Research and as a visiting professor at King's College London. Caliendo serves as a professor, executive vice chair of the department of medicine, and a director of the division of general internal medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She also serves as editor for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, chair of the Microbiology Medical Devices panel for the FDA, and serves on the board of directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Harbarth serves as an associate professor at the University of Geneva and senior consultant at the Geneva University Hospitals. Humphries is an assistant professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Mar 12, 2018

Phil Febbo

Illumina has appointed Phil Febbo as chief medical officer. Starting March 26, 2018, Febbo will be responsible for developing and executing on Illumina's strategy to drive genomic testing into healthcare practice.

Prior to Joining Illumina, Febbo has served as CMO at Genomic Health, and before that he served as professor of medicine and urology at the University of California, San Francisco, where his laboratory focused on using genomics to understand the biology and clinical behavior of prostate cancer. While at UCSF, Febbo was the co-leader of the Prostate Cancer Program at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Program Principal Investigator of the Translational Research Program for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. He holds a BA degree in biology from Dartmouth College, received his MD at UCSF, and completed his internal medicine residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

Mar 12, 2018

Rob Brainin, Hannes Smàrason

Rob Brainin has been appointed as WuXi NextCode's CEO, replacing Hannes Smàrason, who will stay on as a senior advisor and plans to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities. Most recently, Brainin was the firm's executive vice president and COO. Prior to that, he held positions at Illumina, Thermo Fisher, Life Technologies, and Invitrogen. Brainin holds a degree in economics from Emory University and a JD degree from Harvard Law School.

Mar 08, 2018

Arne Materna

CosmosID announced today that it appointed Arne Materna as its VP of product. Materna previously worked at Qiagen, where he directed the product management organization responsible for a high-growth segment of Qiagen's portfolio of bioinformatics products. Prior to Qiage, Materna held managment and senior roles at CLC bio, Pacific Biosciences, and MIT. 

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David Cameron

Former UK prime minister David Cameron became a consultant for Illumina last month in order to help the company raise awareness about the benefits of genomics. Prior to his appointment, Cameron told the UK's Advisory Committee on Business Appointments that his main role would be to assist Illumina's engagement with foreign governments and stakeholders as it works and expands outside the UK, and that he would help with the formation of a new international advisory board and chair that board, which has not been established yet.

Mar 07, 2018

John Mattick

Genomics England has appointed John Mattick as its first CEO. Mattick will join Genomics England in June from Australia's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, which he has led since 2012. Mattick is noted for his scientific contributions to understanding the human genome, specifically his work showing that most of the genome is not evolutionary 'junk' but instead is devoted to an extensive RNA regulatory system that organizes human development. He will continue his academic career while in the UK at the University of Oxford's Green Templeton College, where he has been elected to a senior research fellowship for one day a week.

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Paul Limburg

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Mar 02, 2018

Kim Albizati

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Guillaume Bouhours

BioMérieux has appointed Guillaume Bouhours as corporate vice-president, CFO, and a member of its executive committee. He replaces Claire Giraut, who is retiring, and will head the firm's finance, purchasing, and information systems departments. Bouhours was previously CFO at Faiveley Transport, a railway equipment manufacturer based in France.

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Jeffrey Mitchell

LexaGene Holdings has appointed Jeffrey Mitchell as its chief financial officer effective immediately. 

Mitchell has more than two decades of financial and SEC experience, LexaGene said. Before joining the firm, he served in positions of increasing responsibility for Palomar Medical Technologies, including controller, director of finance, and supervisor of public-company financial reporting, audits, and financial planning and analysis.

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Frank Williams

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Jon Faiz Kayyem

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Gianluca Pettiti

Gianluca Pettiti has become president of the biosciences business of Thermo Fisher Scientific's Life Sciences Solutions segment. Previously, he was the company's president in Greater China. He joined the firm in 2006 as senior manager of financial planning and analysis for Applied Biosystem's Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. He later became EMEA finance director and then president of Latin America operations at Life Technologies. Pettiti holds a master's degree in management and financial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy.

Feb 22, 2018

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