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Personalis: Leslie Grab, John Lyle

Personalis has appointed Leslie Grab as VP of intellectual property and John Lyle as VP of assay research and development.

Grab joins the firm from Verily Life Sciences where she was responsible for worldwide patent and trademark strategy and portfolio development across multiple product areas. Prior to that, she worked at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Grab holds a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Wake Forest University and a BA in chemistry from Catawba College, North Carolina. She earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she also served as a post-doctoral associate researching the inter-relationship between exosomes and ovarian cancer.

Lyle joins Personalis after 14 years at Pacific Biosciences where he most recently served as senior director of single-molecule sequencing, focusing on reagent, system, and application development of long-read, ultra-high accuracy sequencing. He received his PhD from Stanford University in microbiology and immunology and holds a BS from Bates College. Lyle also served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, studying the structure and function of the centrosome.

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