SAN CARLOS, Calif., July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Natera (NASDAQ: NTRA), a leader in non-invasive genetic testing, has appointed Roy Baynes, MB.BCh., M.Med., PhD, FCP, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Merck, and Senior Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Development at Merck Research Laboratories, to its board of directors effective July 25, 2018.
Dr. Baynes was previously Senior Vice President of Oncology, Inflammation, and Respiratory Therapeutics at Gilead Sciences, and also served as Vice President of Global Clinical Development and Therapeutic Area Head for Hematology/Oncology at Amgen.
"Roy is a superb addition to our board of directors at an exciting time for the company," said Matthew Rabinowitz, PhD, Natera’s CEO. "His wealth of experience in oncology will be invaluable as we work to establish the clinical utility of our Signatera (Research Use Only) personalized circulating tumor DNA assay to improve outcomes for patients over a range of cancer types."
Dr. Baynes has had a long and distinguished career in the hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplantation fields, including drug development, basic research, clinical practice, clinical research, teaching, and administration. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American Association for Cancer Research, and has authored about 150 publications. Before joining industry in 2002, he was the Charles Martin Professor of Cancer Research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Baynes graduated as a medical doctor and obtained a Master of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Natera is a global leader in cell-free DNA testing. The mission of the company is to transform the diagnosis and management of genetic diseases. Natera operates an ISO 13485-certified and CAP-accredited CLIA laboratory in San Carlos, Calif. It offers a host of proprietary genetic testing services to inform physicians who care for pregnant women, researchers in cancer including biopharmaceutical companies, and genetic laboratories through its cloud-based software platform. Follow Natera on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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