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Serimmune: Noah Nasser, Bill Welch

Aug 06, 2019

Goleta, California-based Serimmune has appointed Noah Nasser as CEO and Bill Welch to its board of directors.

Prior to Seriummne, Nasser served as chief commercial officer at Human Longevity. Before working at Human Longevity, Nasser served as chief commercial officer at Counsyl. In addition, he held leadership positions at AltheaDx and Verinata Health. 

Welch is currently a venture partner at Illumina Ventures. Before joining Illumina Ventures, Welch served as CEO at Trovagene. Prior to Trovagene, Welch was president and CEO at Sequenom. Before working at Sequenom, Welch served as CCO at Monogram Biosciences. Prior to Monogram, Welch held progressive management positions at Abbot Laboratories. 

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