People in the News

Aug 15, 2017

Manohar Furtado

LexaGene has appointed Manohar Furtado to its board of directors. With over 30 years of experience in the life science industry, Furtado has worked in discovery research, clinical diagnostic testing, product development and commercialization, M&A activity, fundraising, and strategy. He currently serves as president and founder of Biology for Global Good and CSO and chief regulatory officer at Apton Biosystems. Prior to Biology for Global Good, he served as VP of R&D at Applied Biosystems.

Aug 14, 2017

Sherrie Perkins, Andrew Theurer, Edgar Braendle

Sherrie Perkins has accepted the postion of CEO of ARUP Laboratories, while Andrew Theurer has accepted the position of president at the lab. They replace Edgar Braendle who served in both positions during the past year. Braendle is leaving ARUP to pursue other opportunities and rejoin his family in New Jersey, ARUP said. Perkins was previously senior vice president of R&D at ARUP, as well as professor, vice chair, and division chief of clinical pathology. She is a tenured professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Theurer was senior VP and CFO at ARUP. 

Aug 08, 2017

John Rice

Meridian Bioscience has appointed John Rice as an independent director. Rice joins Meridian from CincyTech, a firm that provides advice and capital to entrepreneurs and helps research institutions commercialize technology through startups. He has served as the director of life sciences since 2014. Rice is also the founder and, since 2003, managing partner of Triathlon Medical Ventures Partners, a venture capital firm that invests equity capital in early- and expansion-stage life science companies.

Aug 07, 2017

Paul Marr

MDxHealth has appointed Paul Marr to the post of executive VP of sales for North America. Marr previously served as VP of sales, North America for Beckman Coulter, and also has worked for Hologic, Gen-Probe, Leica Biosystems, Bayer Diagnostics, and Siemens Healthcare. He joins MDxHealth, which is based in Belgium, in conjunction with the firm's expansion of its US sales force to 50 representatives.

Aug 07, 2017

Ramesh Ramakrishnan

Dovetail Genomics has appointed Ramesh Ramakrishnan as senior vice president of research and development. Before joining Dovetail, Ramakrishnan was executive vice president of R&D at Fluidigm, where he managed the development of single-cell genomic and proteomic tools, as well as bulk genomic analysis. Prior to Fluidigm, Ramakrishnan worked at Nanosphere and Motorola Life Sciences in assay and array development.

Aug 04, 2017

Evan Wittenberg

Evan Wittenberg has joined Ancestry in the new position of chief people officer. Wittenberg joins Ancestry from Box, where he was most recently senior vice president of people. Prior to Box, Wittenberg was the chief talent officer for HP; the head of global leadership development at Google; and director of the Graduate Leadership Program at The Wharton School.

Aug 04, 2017

Madhuri Hegde

Madhuri Hegde has has been elected to the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Board of Directors, the supporting educational foundation of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Hegde joined PerkinElmer in 2016 as vice president and CSO of Global Genetics Laboratory Services. She also is an adjunct professor of human genetics at Emory University. Previously, Hegde was executive director and CSO at Emory Genetics Laboratory in Atlanta; professor of human genetics and pediatrics at Emory University; and assistant professor of human genetics and senior director at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Aug 03, 2017

Marijn Dekkers

Quanterix named Marijn Dekkers to its board. He is currently a board member at General Electric and is chairman of Unilever. He was previously CEO of Bayer and of Thermo Fisher Scientific. 

Aug 02, 2017

Bill Rastetter, Jeff Huber, Ken Drazan

Grail, a company aiming to develop a blood test for early cancer detection, has named Bill Rastetter, current chair of the company's board of directors, as its new CEO. Founding CEO Jeff Huber is now vice chairman of the board of directors, and Ken Drazan has been promoted from chief business officer to president.

Aug 02, 2017

Abraham Tzou

Freenome has appointed Abraham Tzou as its VP of regulatory affairs. Tzou will be in charge of regulatory strategy for products developed by Freenome and manage submissions to the US Food and Drug Administration and oversight bodies abroad.  

Tzou joins Freenome after serving as a medical officer at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, where he led the clinical evaluation of in vitro diagnostics for cancer screening and prognosis, genetic disorders, and companion tests. During his tenure at the agency, he received commendation for his part in a team that reviewed Exact Sciences' non-invasive, colon cancer screening test Cologuard for parallel review. 

Freenome is developing a non-invasive cancer screening technology that involves genome-wide sequencing and a computational system, called Adaptive Genomics Engine. The company is interested in pursuing Parallel Review for this technology, which if successful, would enable simultaneous FDA approval and a national coverage determination from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Jul 28, 2017

Cynthia Bens

Cynthia Bens will join the Personalized Medicine Coalition as vice president of public policy on August 21. Bens comes to PMC after more than a decade with the Alliance for Aging Research where she helped advocate for policies, including the 21st Century Cures Act, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, and FDA’s Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative. Prior to that, she spent four years at the bipartisan government affairs firm the Loeffler Group and also worked as a staff assistant on Capitol Hill.

Jul 26, 2017

Rohit Khanna

Waters said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week that Rohit Khanna has resigned from his position as SVP, Applied Technology, effective July 21, 2017. Khanna will continue to serve as an SVP of the company and as a member of the firm's executive committee until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2017. 

Jul 26, 2017

Scott Howell

Tenet Diagnostics has appointed Scott Howell its CMO. He was most recently executive medical director at Heritage Provider Network. He also continues to practice at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in the addiction medicine department. He was previously national senior medical director and chief medical officer Network and Population Health, Optim Insight, regional CMO Northeast region of Americhoice, and national medical director of managed care for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. 

Jul 26, 2017

Gene DeFelice, Alexandra Snyder

Adaptive Biotechnologies has appointed Gene DeFelice to senior vice president and general counsel and Alexandra Snyder to translational medicine lead for Adaptive Research.

DeFelice has served as general counsel for several public healthcare and technology companies, including as primary counsel at Roche Diagnostics. He will join Adaptive's executive team to implement a legal infrastructure for clinical applications of next-generation sequencing technologies.

Snyder has joined Adaptive from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center where she specialized in tumor immunogenomics and response to checkpoint blockade immunotherapy.  

Jul 24, 2017

Kieran Murphy, Stephen Kanovsky

Kieran Murphy has resigned from the board of NeoGenomics following his appointment as president and CEO of GE Healthcare. NeoGenomics said in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that Murphy resigned due to the time demands of his new job, and added that it has appointed Stephen Kanovsky to fill Murphy's position on the board. He is general counsel of GE unit Global Innovation of GE Healthcare.

Jul 21, 2017

Thomas Loewald

Thomas Loewald, senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Thermo Fisher Scientific since early 2016, will resign from the company, effective September 1. He joined the firm's Explosives Detection business in 2002 and held various positions over the years, including senior vice president and president of Laboratory Products. Prior to that, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Tyco International.

Jul 20, 2017

Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operation officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, effective August 1. In his new role, he will oversee operations of the company's Laboratory Products and Analytical Instruments businesses, in addition to the Life Sciences Solutions business. Since 2014, when Thermo Fisher acquired Life Technologies, Stevenson has been executive vice president and president of Life Sciences Solutions. Prior to that, he was president and chief operating officer of Life Technologies, and before that, he was president and COO of Applied Biosystems.

Jul 19, 2017

Hans Bishop

Hans Bishop has been elected to Agilent's board of directors. Bishop is cofounder, president, and CEO of Juno Therapeutics, a Seattle-based biopharmaceutical company. He has also held a range of executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry, including as COO at Dendreon; president of Specialty Medicine at Bayer Healthcare; and global commercial head for Chiron.

Jul 19, 2017

Daniel Sikkema

Quanterix has appointed Daniel Sikkema as vice president of acclerator services for the company's new Simoa Accelerator Lab, a dedicated environment for biomarker research, custom assay development, and clinical sample testing. Sikkema will work to expand the reach of Quanterix's Accelerator Lab services in neurology, oncology, immuno-oncology, infectious disease, inflammatory diseases, and other therapeutic areas. He has previously worked at Frontage Lab, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wyeth, Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, and GlaxoSmithKline.

Jul 17, 2017

Stephen Pereira

Stephen Pereira has been appointed to Immunovia's scientific advisory board. Pereira is a professor of hepatology and gastroenterology at University College London and is an honorary consultant in pancreaticobiliary medicine at UCL Hospitals and the Royal Free Hospital. 

Jul 17, 2017

Daniel MacArthur

The American Society of Human Genetics has named Daniel MacArthur as the first recipient of its Early Career Award. He is an assistant professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and the co-director of the Medical and Population Genetics Program at the Broad Institute. The new award, which comes with $10,000 in prize money, recognizes contributions of genetics and genomics scientists in the first 10 years of their careers as independent investigators. MacArthur and his colleagues developed the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC) database and website and its successor, the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD). He also published many scientific articles on identifying genes associated with rare diseases, in particular muscular disorders.

Jul 13, 2017

Mary Thistle

Enterome has appointed Mary Thistle to its board of directors as a non-executive director. Thistle currently serves as chief operating officer at Dimension Therapeutics, and has also served as senior VP of Business Development at Cubist Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining Dimension in 2015, Thistle held leadership positions at ViaCell. In addition to developing therapeutic products for rare and metabolic liver diseases, Enterome also develops diagnostics to support therapies in microbiome-related diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and cancer.

Jul 12, 2017

Arthur Beaudet

The American Society of Human Genetics has named Arthur Beaudet the recipient of this year's Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals whose "professional achievements have fostered and enriched the development of human genetics as well as its assimilation into the broader context of science, medicine, and health." Beaudet, who will receive the award along with a $10,000 prize at the ASHG annual meeting in October, is the Henry and Emma Mayer Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences and has received several other awards for his work. Beaudet has published more than 350 articles in the scientific literature. 

Jul 12, 2017

Kári Stefánsson

The American Society of Human Genetics has named Kári Stefánsson the winner of this year's William Allan Award, a prize established in 1961 that recognizes a scientist for "substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics." Stefánsson is the founder of Iceland's Decode Genetics, which has conducted a large-scale population genetics research project in Iceland. He has published more than 500 articles in the scientific literature and has received several awards for his work, including the European Society of Human Genetics Award in 2009.

Jul 07, 2017

Matthias Raquet

Oneservice, a Swiss company offering complete managed service solutions, consulting, and learning for the life science, diagnostics, and medical device industries, has appointed Matthias Raquet as CEO. Raquet joins Oneservice from Qiagen, where he has worked since 2001, most recently as vice president and head of global service solutions and global customer management. Prior to Qiagen he worked in various management roles at Amersham Pharmacia.

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Researchers test gene therapy targeting a different cancer protein in a new trial, the New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania State University researchers found that salivary microRNAs could predict which kids would have longer concussion symptoms, according to NPR.

The Associated Press reports Alex Azar, the new Department of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, made millions of dollars as a pharmaceutical executive.

In PNAS this week: immune profiling of breast cancer, transposable element patterns in rice, and more.