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People in the News: Sam Levy, Randy Scott


Genomic Health has made a number of changes to its management team and board of directors (see story, this issue).

The company has hired Sam Levy as chief scientific officer, replacing Joffre Baker, who will now serve as senior biology fellow at Genomic Health.

Levy is the director of genomic sciences at Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Genomic Medicine, as well as a professor of molecular and experimental medicine at the Scripps Research Institute.

Previously, Levy served as director and professor in human genomics at the J. Craig Venter Institute, where he was the leading scientist on the first published diploid genome sequence of a human. He holds a BS in molecular biophysics from the University of Leeds and a PhD in cell and computational biology from the University of Bristol.

Randy Scott has stepped down from Genomic Health's board of directors to take on the position of CEO at InVitae, a Genomic Health spinout that will focus on integrating next-generation sequence data into medical practice for patients with rare and common genetic diseases.

Scott was a founder and former CEO of Genomic Health. Prior to founding the company, he served as president and chief scientific officer at Incyte Pharmaceuticals and director of protein biochemistry and senior director of research at Invitron.

He holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Kansas and a BS in chemistry from Emporia State University.

The Scan

Comfort of Home

The Guardian reports that AstraZeneca is to run more clinical trials from people's homes with the aim of increasing participant diversity.

Keep Under Control

Genetic technologies are among the tools suggested to manage invasive species and feral animals in Australia, Newsweek says.

Just Make It

The New York Times writes that there is increased interest in applying gene synthesis to even more applications.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on OncoDB, mBodyMap, Genomicus

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database to analyze large cancer datasets, human body microbe database, and more.