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X Prize Names Hi-Tech Entrepreneur to Run Archon Prize for Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The X Prize Foundation today said it has appointed high-tech executive and entrepreneur Marc Hodosh to lead the $10 million Archon X Prize for Genomics.
Hodosh formerly worked at facial-recognition company ID One, and chaired a robotics competition for inventor Dean Kamen, who developed the Segway, the foundation said.
As GenomeWeb News reported last fall, the X Prize Foundation will award $10 million to the first group to sequence 100 diploid human genomes in 10 days for $1 million.
Hodosh said he believes genomics has unlimited potential to combat diseases, “but not until we have access to affordable and fast genome sequencing will we be able to take advantage of the countless benefits.”

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