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Farcast Biosciences: Maneesh Arora

Sep 05, 2019

Maneesh Arora has joined Boston-based diagnostics firm Farcast Biosciences as president and CEO. Arora previously served as COO and a member of the board of directors of Exact Sciences. He also previously was CFO of Third Wave Technologies, which was acquired in 2008 by Hologic for $582 million. Farcast, formerly called Mitra Biotech, has developed an ex vivo platform for evaluating tumor response to drug treatments.

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Thrive Earlier Detection: Sam Asgarian, Frank Diehl, Dina Ciarimboli

Thrive Earlier Detection has appointed Sam Asgarian is its new chief medical officer, Frank Diehl as executive vice president of product solutions, and Dina Ciarimboli as chief legal officer.

Asgarian will lead the firm's medical strategy, including the integration of its CancerSEEK early detection test into routine medical care. He was most recently vice president of CVS Health's Transformation Health Product organization. Asgarian joined CVS as part of the Aetna acquisition, having served as the chief medical officer of Aetna's clinical services organization, overseeing medical management and clinical policy operations. He holds a BA in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA in medical sciences from Loyola University Chicago, an MD from Tulane University, and an MBA from Cornell University.

Diehl is a globally recognized leader in cancer biology and detection who has pioneered the use of circulating tumor DNA to detect and track the progression of cancer. In 2008, he cofounded liquid biopsy firm Inostics, where he served as chief scientific officer through its acquisition by Sysmex, ultimately becoming CEO of Sysmex Inostics. Diehl completed his postdoc at the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins University and worked in the laboratory of Thrive cofounders Bert Vogelstein and Kenneth Kinzler. He holds a PhD in molecular pathology from Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany.

Ciarimboli's appointment follows her interim role as general counsel. Prior to joining Thrive full time, she was general counsel at Third Rock Ventures. Before that, she served as general counsel to several venture capital firms focused on early-stage investing in various industries including biotech, diagnostics, medical devices, and healthcare services. Earlier, she served as an associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, and as a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ciarimboli holds a BA in accounting and philosophy from Boston College and a JD from Boston College School of Law.