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Alexis Borisy is the founding CEO of Foundation Medicine, a Cambridge, Mass.-based startup that aims to bring comprehensive cancer genome analysis into the clinic and to develop clinical laboratory tests using next-generation sequencing and other technologies. The company recently raised $25 million in a Series A funding round led by Third Rock Ventures.

The firm's academic advisors include Eric Lander, director of the Broad Institute, professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School; Todd Golub, director of the Broad Institute's cancer program, an investigator in human cancer genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; Levi Garraway, an assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber; and Matthew Meyerson, director of the Center for Cancer Genome Discovery at Dana-Farber and a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School.

The firm's board of directors includes CEO Alexis Borisy; Mark Levin, a partner at investor Third Rock Ventures and former CEO of Millennium Pharmaceuticals; David Schenkein, CEO of Agios Pharmaceuticals and former leader of Genentech’s BioOncology development portfolio; and Robert Tepper, a partner at Third Rock Ventures and former president of research and development at Millennium.


Duncan Whitney has joined Allegro Diagnostics as vice president for research and development. Previously, he held executive-level scientific roles at Exact Sciences, US Genomics, and Progenika. Whitney holds PhD and master's degrees in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from Colby College.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.