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Troy Cox, Michael Pellini

Foundation Medicine announced that it has appointed Troy Cox as CEO to succeed Michael Pellini, who has been appointed as chairman of the board of directors. Pellini replaces Alexis Borisy, who will continue to serve on the board. Cox joins Foundation Medicine from Roche-Genentech, where he led one of the largest oncology portfolios in the US. Before joining Genentech, he held leadership positions at UCB BioPharma, Sanofi-Aventis, and Schering-Plough.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.