GenomeQuest taps former Roche exec to key post

GenomeQuest, a firm that provides genomic sequence database software, has named Gerry Higgins as its first healthcare innovation officer, to focus on using the firm's technology in developing medical diagnostics. He's previously been a vice president focused on personalized medicine strategies at Hoffmann La-Roche Pharmaceuticals as well as the bioinformatics director and chief innovation officer at a hospital system called MedStar Health. In a statement, Higgins said: "I joined GenomeQuest because they offer the technology to make whole genome diagnostics available to patients today--not 10 years from now." Release