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Scipher Medicine: Slava Akmaev

Scipher Medicine has appointed Slava Akmaev as its chief technology officer, a role that includes overseeing the company's data science and technology teams, ensuring efficient data on-boarding, quality control, and rapid analytics across Scipher's pipeline of precision diagnostics.

Akmaev is a leader in applying high-throughput molecular technology, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analysis within the life sciences and healthcare industry, and routinely publishes in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Prior to joining Scipher, he was the senior vice president and chief analytics officer at Berg, where he cofounded and led Berg Analytics. Prior to that he helped commercialize four molecular diagnostic tests at Genzyme Genetics. 

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