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Sema4: Martin Chavez

Sema4 has appointed Martin Chavez to its board of directors. Chavez served in several senior roles at the investment bank Goldman Sachs, including chief information officer, CFO, and global cohead of the firm's securities division. He was also a member of the firm's management committee.

Chavez cofounded Kiodex and Quorum Software Systems, which provide software for the finance and oil and gas industries, respectively.In addition to Sema4, Chavez serves on the boards of Paige, an AI biomedical tech startup, and Recursion, a software-based drug discovery company. This month he was named president of the Harvard Board of Overseers and serves on the Stanford Medicine board of fellows and the Institute for Advanced Study's board of trustees.

Chavez holds a master's degree in computer science from Harvard and a doctorate in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University.

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