The J. Craig Venter Institute has named Karen Nelson as president and Robert Friedman as chief operating officer. Both will report directly to J. Craig Venter, who will continue as CEO and chairman of the board of trustees.

Nelson has been with the institute since 1996 and was previously the director of its Rockville, Md.-based office and leader of the Human Genomic Medicine group. She will retain these duties.

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