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Gerry A. Higgins, Ph.D. Joins GenomeQuest to Foster Development of Whole Genome Diagnostics
Date:6/9/2011

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., June 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- GenomeQuest Inc. today announced it has appointed Gerry A. Higgins, Ph.D., a nationally recognized scientist and pioneer in genomics research, as the company's first Healthcare Innovation Officer. In his new role, Dr. Higgins will focus on applying the company's proprietary technology to the development of whole genome and multi-gene diagnostics for the medical community, working closely with clinicians at hospitals and academic research centers, and partnering with commercial laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.

"A major challenge of pushing whole genome diagnostics beyond the research project stage and toward a routine test to be used by laboratories and hospitals is how to manage and interpret massive volumes of gene sequence data," Dr. Higgins said. "I joined GenomeQuest because they offer the technology to make whole genome diagnostics available to patients today – not 10 years from now."

Dr. Higgins brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience in the corporate, federal and academic sectors to help fortify GenomeQuest's position as the global leader in sequence data management. Most recently, Dr. Higgins was lead author of a report from the National Institutes of Health titled Information Technology Assessment Report and Strategic Roadmap on Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology. The report addresses how NIH can help advance personalized medicine to the clinic. He also has served as vice president for Hoffmann-La Roche Pharmaceuticals, helping integrate personalized medicine into the company's product line. Previously, he was director of clinical informatics and chief innovation officer for MedStar Health, a large ten hospital network, where he focused on the integration of genomics into electronic health records. In 2001, Dr. Higgins founded and raised financing for a start-up company, SimQuest, a Silver Spring, Maryland company that focused on biomedical i
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