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Steve Ziganti, Patrik Jeanmonod, Jack Ball, Allen Poirson

Nov 13, 2018

Cytek Biosciences announced Steve Ziganti has joined the firm as vice president of worlwide sales and Patrik Jeanmonod has been hired as the company's chief financial officer. 

Additionally, Jack Ball and Allen Poirson have joined Cytek's board of directors. 

Ziganti was previously VP of sales and service at BD Biosciences before retiring from that firm. Jeanmonod has previously held executive positions in finance at Covance, Bridge Pharmaceuticals, and Synteract. He is currently a board member at Seal Biosciences. 

Ball formerly was the CEO of Amnis and CCO of Accuri Cytomers and Molecular Probes. Poirson is a partner at Mighty Capital and previously was CEO of Sony Biotechnology.

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Oct 23, 2020

Becton Dickinson: John DeFord, Patrick Kaltenbach, Dave Hickey

Becton Dickinson announced the retirement of Chief Technology Officer John DeFord, who joined BD with the acquisition of CR Bard in 2017. DeFord will be succeeded by Patrick Kaltenbach, who will serve as CTO and executive vice president. Kaltenbach joined BD as president of the life sciences segment in May 2018 after having most recently served as Agilent's senior vice president and president of that firm's life sciences and applied markets group. Dave Hickey, who currently serves as BD's worldwide president of integrated diagnostics solutions, will be promoted to the position of executive vice president and president of life sciences. The new appointments will be effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Oct 23, 2020

Biocept: Samuel Riccitelli

Biocept has appointed Samuel Riccitelli to its board of directors, effective immediately, and ahead of the planned retirement of Bruce Huebner, who will leave the board on Nov. 30, 2020Riccitelli boasts 35 years of experience in the molecular diagnostics industry, having served in executive-level positions and on the boards of multiple publicly traded companies. At Biocept, he will initially serve on the audit committee and the science and technology committee.

Riccitelli currently serves as an independent consultant to healthcare companies and is a director of OrthoPediatrics, a company focused on the orthopedic implant needs of children. Prior to that he was CEO of Pathnostics, a molecular diagnostics company focused on improving antibiotic stewardship. He also served as chairman of Precipio; president, CEO, and director of Signal Genetics; and executive VP and chief operating officer of Genoptix. Riccitelli received a BA from Washington and Jefferson College and an MS in engineering from The University of Texas.

Oct 08, 2020

Caris Life Sciences: Brian Lamon

Caris Life Sciences has appointed Brian Lamon as its chief business officer and head of biopharma business development. Lamon brings over 15 years of experience from large pharma and academia to the firm. He previously worked for Bristol Myers Squibb as a VP and development lead. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles in clinical development and business development for the same company.

Before joining industry, Lamon was assistant dean of research development and an assistant professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. He remains active on the faculty through a courtesy appointment as assistant professor.

Oct 07, 2020

New England Biolabs: Donald Comb

New England Biolabs founder Donald Comb has died. He founded NEB, one of the first biotechnology firms to commercialize restriction enzymes, in 1974 and served as its CEO until 2005, after which he remained chairman of the board of directors. Prior to NEB, he was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Comb held a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Michigan.

Oct 07, 2020

Nobel Prize: Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have been jointly awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their discovery and development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing method.

"There is enormous power in this genetic tool, which affects us all. It has not only revolutionized basic science, but also resulted in innovative crops and will lead to ground-breaking new medical treatments," said Nobel Committee for Chemistry Chair Claes Gustafsson in a statement.

Charpentier is the director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin. She holds a PhD from the Institute Pasteur in France.

Doudna is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. She holds a PhD from Harvard Medical School.

The two Nobel laureates will equally share the 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.12 million) award.

Oct 06, 2020

Pillar Biosciences: Robert Forrester

Pillar Biosciences, a next-generation sequencing cancer diagnostics company, has added Robert Forrester as an independent board member. Forrester has previously served as CEO of Verastem Oncology, COO of Forma Therapeutics, CEO and CFO of CombinatoRx, and CFO of Coley Pharmaceutical. He is also cofounder and chief experience officer of EQRx, which makes innovative medicines at dramatically lower prices for the benefit of society. Forrester has also served as managing director of the Proprietary Investment Group at MeesPierson.

Oct 06, 2020

Helio Health: Wei Li

Helio Health has appointed Wei Li to its advisory board. Li has more than 20 years of experience in bioinformatics research and development and is currently the endowed chair and professor of bioinformatics for the biological chemistry department at the University of California, Irvine's School of Medicine. He previously was the Dan L. Duncan Chair professor in the division of biostatistics at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center as part of the molecular and cellular biology department at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Oct 06, 2020

Karius: Alexander Ford

Karius has appointed Alexander (Alec) Ford as CEO. Ford most recently served as chief operating officer of Myriad Genetics. He will replace current CEO Mickey Kertesz, who will transition to the roles of president and chief product officer.

Oct 05, 2020

Myriad Genetics: Alexander Ford

Myriad Genetics said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that Alexander Ford has resigned as chief operating officer as of Oct. 2. Before recently becoming chief operating officer, he was president of Myriad's women's health division and president of Myriad Genetic Laboratories. Prior to joining Myriad in 2010, Ford worked in various leadership roles in sales, business development, and product marketing at Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, Nektar Therapeutics, and Pfizer.

Oct 02, 2020

Oxford Nanopore Technologies: Guy Harmelin

Guy Harmelin has been appointed as a non-executive director of Oxford Nanopore Technologies, effective September 17. Previously, he was on the leadership team at Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services, the largest insurance group in Israel. Prior to that, he was the cofounder and CEO of RondinX, a computational microbiome analysis company that was acquired by BiomX in 2017. Harmelin holds an MD from the University of Florence in Italy. 

Oct 02, 2020

Tempus: Christopher Mason

Christopher Mason is planning to take a leave of absence from his post as associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine to work on COVID-19 testing, including at Tempus, Biotia, and labs in Wisconsin and New York City. Chicago-based Tempus said in June that Mason has joined the firm as VP of emerging genome technology. He holds a PhD in genetics from Yale University and a dual BS degree in genetics and biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Oct 02, 2020

Micronoma: Magda Marquet

Micronoma, a startup using microbiome analysis for early cancer detection, has appointed Magda Marquet as chairman of the firm's board. She currently serves as the chairman of the board at Matrysis. Prior to Micronoma, she was the cofounder of Ajinomoto Althea and AltheaDx. Marquet also formerly served as chairman of the board of the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, where she now sits on the executive committee. Marquet has been an independent board member for Micronoma since 2019. 

Oct 01, 2020

Thrive Earlier Detection: Sam Asgarian, Frank Diehl, Dina Ciarimboli

Thrive Earlier Detection has appointed Sam Asgarian is its new chief medical officer, Frank Diehl as executive vice president of product solutions, and Dina Ciarimboli as chief legal officer.

Asgarian will lead the firm's medical strategy, including the integration of its CancerSEEK early detection test into routine medical care. He was most recently vice president of CVS Health's Transformation Health Product organization. Asgarian joined CVS as part of the Aetna acquisition, having served as the chief medical officer of Aetna's clinical services organization, overseeing medical management and clinical policy operations. He holds a BA in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA in medical sciences from Loyola University Chicago, an MD from Tulane University, and an MBA from Cornell University.

Diehl is a globally recognized leader in cancer biology and detection who has pioneered the use of circulating tumor DNA to detect and track the progression of cancer. In 2008, he cofounded liquid biopsy firm Inostics, where he served as chief scientific officer through its acquisition by Sysmex, ultimately becoming CEO of Sysmex Inostics. Diehl completed his postdoc at the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University and worked in the laboratory of Thrive cofounders Bert Vogelstein and Kenneth Kinzler. He holds a PhD in molecular pathology from Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Ciarimboli's appointment follows her interim role as general counsel. Prior to joining Thrive full time, she was general counsel at Third Rock Ventures. Before that, she served as general counsel to several venture capital firms focused on early-stage investing in various industries including biotech, diagnostics, medical devices, and healthcare services. Earlier, she served as an associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, and as a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ciarimboli holds a BA in accounting and philosophy from Boston College and a JD from Boston College School of Law.

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Theralink Technologies: Thomas Chilcott

Theralink Technologies has appointed Thomas Chilcott as the firm's CFO. Prior to Theralink, Chilcott served as CFO, secretary, and treasurer of Ampio Pharmaceuticals from 2017 to 2019. Before Ampio, Chilcott also served as president of Chilcott Consulting Group.

Sep 24, 2020

GenMark Diagnostics: Brian Mitchell

GenMark Diagnostics said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that Brian Mitchell, its senior vice president of operations, is no longer employed by the company.

The UK and the European Union have come to a sticking point in the negotiation of how the UK might remain involved in the Horizon Europe research program, the Guardian reports.

The New York Times reports that experts pushed during a meeting of an FDA advisory board for the agency to require more safety data from SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials.

The Washington Post reports Moderna expects that it will have enough data on its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to submit to regulatory authorities by mid-November.

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