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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Joseph Holmes, Peter Hornstra

Sep 14, 2020

Joseph Holmes has been elected as VP and chief accounting officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, effective March 31, 2021. He will succeed Peter Hornstra, who will retire from the company March 31. Holmes is currently senior director of technical accounting at Thermo Fisher, a position he assumed when he joined the company in 2017. Previously, he was director of technical accounting and reporting at St. Jude Medical, which was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2017.

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Rhinostics: Cheri Walker

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InterVenn Biosciences: John Leite

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4basebio: Hansjörg Plaggemars, Alexander Link

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Dec 02, 2020

Datavant: Mark Karch

Datavant has hired Mark Karch as chief commercial officer. He comes the startup health data integrator and analytics firm from IQvia, where he led software-as-a-service technology sales following that company's acquistion of Appature, where Karch had been executive VP of commercialization. Karch also was EVP of the former pharmaceutical business at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, the health IT vendor with roots in drug repackaging.

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Congenica: Muthu Meyyappan

Congenica has hired Muthu Meyyappan as chief commercial officer. Meyyappan will lead the UK-based company's global sales and marketing efforts from Congenica's US headquarters in Boston. He comes to Congenica from Variantyx, where he also served as CCO. Previous jobs include VP for advanced genomics commercial operations at Qiagen and chief business officer for Biobase, a company Qiagen acquired in 2014.

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Interpace Biosciences: Thomas Burnell, Jack Stover

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Burnell has previously served as president and CEO of Boston Heart Diagnostics, Viracor-IBT Laboratories, and Eurofins Scientific. He has also previously held leadership roles with companies such as Elite One Source, Nebraska Heart Institute, and most recently the Pioneer Heart Institute.

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Enzo Biochem: Ian Walters

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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Alexandra Keith

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Congenica: Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts has been appointed as a non-executive board director of Congenica. She is the managing director of Health & Care at Legal & General, which co-led Congenica's recent $50 million Series C funding round. Previously, she was the chief executive of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, an umbrella organization for UK health innovation. She also used to be director of innovation, research, and life sciences at NHS England. Roberts holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a doctorate in evidence-based healthcare from the University of Oxford.

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Alison Goate has been named chair of the department of genetics and genomics sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Goate is the Willard T.C. Johnson research professor of neurogenetics and a professor of genetics and genomic science, neuroscience, and neurology. Her research focuses on genetic risk factors of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

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Natera: Monica Bertagnolli

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PierianDx: Mark McDonough

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