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Richard Olson

Life Epigenetics, the insuretech subsidiary of GWG Holdings, has named Randal Olson as its lead data scientist. He joins Life Epigenetics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the senior data scientist at the Computational Genetics Laboratory. Olson will lead the company's application of predictive epigenetic biomarkers to life insurance underwriting through the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

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