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Cancer diagnostics startup Foundation Medicine Inc. has appointed Michael J. Pellini as president and CEO. Founding CEO Alexis Borisy, a partner at Third Rock Ventures, will take the role of chairman of the board of directors for the Cambridge company.

Pellini previously worked as president and chief operating officer of Clarient, a GE Healthcare company. Earlier posts include a role as vice president, life sciences at Safeguard Scientifics Inc., and president and CEO of Genomics Collaborative Inc. He earned a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, an MBA from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

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