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Oct 16, 2018

Tom Copa

Asuragen has hired Tom Copa as its SVP, commercial operations. Copa will lead the global sales, marketing, and customer solutions teams for the firm's diagnostics products business. Prior to Asuragen, Copa served as VP of licensed technologies at Luminex, as well as spending over 16 years as a senior executive in several roles at the firm. 

Oct 12, 2018

Jane Schwebke

Talis Biomedical has appointed Jane Schwebke to its scientific advisory board. Both a professor of medicine in the infectious disease division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a consultant to the Jefferson County Department of Health STD clinic, Schwebke previously served as medical director of the Harborview STD Clinic in Seattle and as director for Chicago's STD/HIV Program.

Oct 11, 2018

Jörg Debatin

Jörg Debatin has been appointed chairman of the supervisory board of Hummingbird Diagnostics. Debatin previously served as VP and chief technology officer of GE Healthcare and CEO of Amedes. In addition, he has also served as the medical director and CEO of the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf.

Oct 10, 2018

Richard Yost

Owlstone Medical appointed Richard Yost to its scientific advisory board. He is a professor and head of analytical chemistry at the University of Florida and has particular expertise in tandem mass spectrometry. Yost is the co-inventor of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, Owlstone added. 

Oct 09, 2018

Michel Finance

Michel Finance is leaving his post as CEO of Theradiag, the company announced. No reason was given for his departure. Finance will stay on at Theradiag until Dec. 31. A search for his successor has begun. 

Oct 03, 2018

Tom Polen

Tom Polen, who currently serves as president of BD, has been promoted. He will now also serve as BD's Chief Operating Officer. Polen will be responsible for overseeing the firm's three operating segments, its new product development pipeline, and global operations including all manufacturing facilities and supply chain operations. The company has not had a COO since 2016, according to a statement.

Oct 03, 2018

Hayden Jeffreys

Hayden Jeffreys has become group commercial director at Premaitha Health. He joined the company from Cambridge Epigenetix, where he was chief operating officer. Before that, he was interim CEO at ERBA Diagnostics. Jeffreys holds an MSc in management studies from the University of Oxford and a BSc in genetics from Cardiff University.

Oct 02, 2018

Lawrence Culp

Former Danaher President and CEO Lawrence Culp was named the Chairman and CEO of GE on Oct. 1, effective immediately. He replaces John Flannery in the two positions. Culp has been a member of GE's board since April and led Danaher between 2000 and 2014. 

Sep 27, 2018

Jonathan Seaton

GenomOncology has appointed Jonathan Seaton to its board of directors. Seaton is senior vice president for corporate development at Illumina. Previously, he was vice president of strategy and business development for life sciences at Becton Dickinson and has held multiple roles at Roche.

Sep 25, 2018

Christiane Honisch

Pathoquest announced today that it has appointed Christiane Honisch as an independent member of the firm's board of directors. With over 15 years of experience developing markers, assays, software, and technology for infectious disease detection, Honisch is currently head of global business intelligence and development at Eppendorf. Prior to Eppendorf, Honisch served as director of microbiology markets at Illumina. Before working at Illumina, Honisch served as director of infectious disease research at Roche Molecular Diagnostics.

Sep 24, 2018

John Kraeutler, David Phillips, Felicia Williams

John (Jack) Kraeutler has retired from his position as Meridian Bioscience's executive chairman of the board, effective Sept. 30, 2018. Kraeutler retired as CEO of the firm last year after 25 years in that position. Meridian has appointed David Phillips as the new chairman of the board, and has also elected Felicia Williams to the board of directors and to serve on the firm's audit committee, effective September 20, 2018. Williams previously served in financial positions at Macy's and Coca-Cola.

Sep 24, 2018

Leslie Auld, Warren Whitehead

GeneNews announced today that Leslie Auld has resigned as the firm's CFO and director. 

In addition, the firm has has appointed Warren Whitehead as its chief accountant. Whitehead is currently the chairman of Plantform and chair of the audit committee at Aptose Biosciences.

Prior to GeneNews, White served as CFO of ProMis Neurosciences; CFO of Arius Research before it was purchased in Roche in 2008; and former CFO of Labopharm, where he completed a series of public equity financings. 

Sep 21, 2018

Joseph Jimenez

uBiome has appointed Joseph Jimenez to its board of directors to support the firm's new drug discovery and development efforts. Prior to uBiome, Jimenez served as CEO of Novartis, where he focused on leading global businesses while divesting non-core divisions. Jimenez has a track record of business leadership at several companies, including Clorox, ConAgra, and H.J Heiz. In addition to uBiome's board of directors, Jimenez also serves on the boards of Procter & Gamble and General Motors. In addition, he served on the board of directors at Colgate-Palmolive from 2009 to 2015, and at AstraZeneca from 2002 to 2017.

Sep 20, 2018

Steven Riedmuller

Steven Riedmuller is the new CEO for Maxygen, a service provider for clients in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, gene therapy, immunotherapy, and gene editing. Riedmuller most recently served as senior director for field applications at Synthetic Genomics. Prior to that, he was VP of engineering and business development at Hudson Robotics.

Sep 20, 2018

Hayden Jeffreys

Hayden Jeffreys has taken on a senior commercial role at Premaitha Health and will be appointed to the company's board in the near future. Most recently, he was the COO of Cambridge Epigenetix, and prior to that, interim CEO of ERBA Diagnostics.

Sep 20, 2018

James Kane

Cell Microsystems has appointed James Kane as th firm's director of sales. Kane will lead commercial activtiy for all engineered and array products. Prior to Cell Microsystems, Kane worked for 10 years selling instruments and consumables at several diagnostic firms, including PacBio and QiaGen, as well as single cell biology applications at Becton Dickinson genomcs and Fluidigm.

Sep 14, 2018

Marco Casarin

Oncimmune has appointed Marco Casarin as General Manager, Oncimmune USA. Casarin previously held a position at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In addition, Casarin has held senior commercial, marketing, and operating roles at Roche Diagnostics and Vela Diagnostics. 

Sep 12, 2018

Bob Petrou

Bob Petrou has been named interim CFO and interim principal financial officer of NantHealth, replacing Paul Holt, whose resignation was effective Sept. 11. He will earn about $36,000 per month under a consulting agreement with the company, NantHealth disclosed in a regulatory filing. Petrou most recently was head of finance for the mobility solutions division of smartphone maker BlackBerry. 

Sep 11, 2018

Christian Marcazzo

The IDBS informatics division of Danaher has hired Christian Marcazzo as vice president and general manager. Marcazzo comes to UK-based IDBS from PerkinElmer Informatics, where he had been VP for analytics and search. In his new role, Marcazzo will be responsible for all profit and loss functions, including developing and executing a business strategy, evaluating growth opportunities, and hiring sales and professional services personnel. Danaher bought IDBS in October 2017.

Sep 11, 2018

Allan Brown, David Matthews

QuantuMDx appointed Allan Brown as chief operating officer and David Matthews as chief financial officer. Brown was previously COO and a board director at Genedrive where he oversaw the launch of the company's PCR-based platform, also called Genedrive, for diagnosing hepatitis C. He previously was at Qiagen and Tepnel Life Sciences. Matthews was previously CFO at Contextual Genomics and was part of the founding team at GenomeDx Biosciences. 

Sep 11, 2018

Kelly Gebo

Kelly Gebo has joined the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health as chief medical and scientific officer. She is a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University and an expert in HIV health services research and HIV clinical outcomes. Gebo holds an MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master's degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Sep 11, 2018

Charles David Allis, Michael Grunstein

Charles David Allis and Michael Grunstein have been awarded the 2018 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research award for their discoveries showing how gene expression is influenced by the chemical modification of histones. Allis is the Joy and Jack Fishman Professor at Rockefeller University, where he heads the Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics. Grunstein is professor emeritus in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sep 11, 2018

Ave Wrigley, Robert Thong, Julian Coe

British bioinformatics firm Repositive has named three new senior executives. Ave Wrigley has joined as chief technology officer, Robert Thong has been hired as chief business officer, and Julian Coe is the new chief finance and operating officer. Thong and Coe each has leadership experience in genomics, life sciences, and digital health companies, while Wrigley comes from an IT background in the e-commerce, data-driven marketing, and multimedia content management sectors.

Sep 11, 2018

Chitra Nayak

Invitae's board of directors this week expanded the number of members on its board to six members and appointed Chitra Nayak as a member. Nayak most recently served as chief operating officer of the real estate technology company Comfy, which was acquired by Siemens in June. Prior to that, Nayak worked at Funding Circle, an online peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and the cloud computing company Salesforce.com. Nayak will stand for re-election on Invitae's board in 2021.
Sep 11, 2018

Katherine Atkinson

Epic Sciences has appointed Katherine Atkinson as its chief commercial officer, charging her with the development of the firm's global commercial strategy. Atkinson joins Epic with two decades of life science and healthcare experience. Most recently, she served as vice president of business development at Edico Genome, where she established a global channel network and managed strategic partnerships. Prior to Edico she worked for Illumina, overseeing numerous teams, including molecular biology/PCR sales, inside sales, Latin America, and most recently global channel partners. She has also held positions at Fisher Scientific, Thermo Fisher, and Beckman Coulter.

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