InformedDNA Recruits New Chief Growth Officer, Welcomes Industry Veteran to Board of Directors

New executive talents join InformedDNA to help further its impact on the growth of genetics and genomics in mainstream medicine

InformedDNA®, the nation’s largest independent provider of genetics services, today announced the addition of healthcare industry veterans to its executive leadership team and its board of directors. Paul Danao has joined the company as chief growth officer, responsible for driving revenue growth and retention through sales, marketing and client management. Dr. Jacqueline Kosecoff, a renowned healthcare industry expert, has joined InformedDNA’s board as an independent director.

Founded in 2007, InformedDNA was the first company in the U.S. to use telephonic services to connect genetic counselors to patients. Since then, it has expanded to provide technology-led services to patients, healthcare providers, health systems, health plans, and life science organizations.

"While the healthcare industry is in the infancy of a genomics revolution, it’s crucial for health systems, payers and providers to determine now how to infuse the rapid pace of discoveries into the healthcare ecosystem," said David Nixon, chief executive officer at InformedDNA. "Jacqueline and Paul both have extensive executive leadership experience at major health plans and health systems. Each will no doubt make substantial contributions to InformedDNA, in their respective roles, as we help bring about a future in which genomics expertise will inform most healthcare decision-making, enabling true precision medicine to become a ubiquitous reality."

Dr. Kosecoff works in private equity to identify, select, mentor and manage health services and IT companies. She is managing partner at Moriah Partners, LLC, and senior advisor at Warburg Pincus. Previously, she served as a senior executive with UnitedHealth Group-PacifiCare where she was chief executive officer of OptumRx. Dr. Kosecoff was founder, president and chief operating officer of Protocare, and earlier, served as professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, and a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Said Dr. Kosecoff, "Having been involved with InformedDNA as an advisor for the last year, I’ve seen first-hand how the company brings a rare depth of genomics expertise to the healthcare industry, leading it to experience more than 50 percent annual growth in each of the last two years. I look forward to my new director role and increased interaction with the company’s leaders as we enable additional healthcare companies to better understand the genomics space. This will facilitate better genetics-related decisions that result in more personalized care, improved outcomes, and lower costs."

Danao will focus on aligning sales, marketing and client management activities to deliver consistent and high-value contact to accelerate customer acquisition and retention. Prior to joining InformedDNA, he held senior leadership roles at several healthcare technology and service companies, including BlueCross BlueShield Association, AIM Specialty Health®, and Healthcare Payment Specialists. Danao holds a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

"This is a transformational time in the era of genetics-based medical care. InformedDNA’s continued commitment to maintaining the highest level of genetics expertise and service excellence has already helped many leading U.S. healthcare organizations to decode the business of genetics," said Paul Danao, InformedDNA’s new chief growth officer. "It’s with much enthusiasm that I join such a talented team of professionals to lead the company’s sales and marketing initiatives for services that guide healthcare providers’ clinical decisions, help shape clinical trial processes, and enable insurers to craft evidence-based coverage policies for genetic tests."

About InformedDNA

InformedDNA is the authority on the appropriate use of genetic testing. It leverages the expertise of the largest, full-time staff of independent, board-certified genetics specialists in the U.S. to help ensure that health plans, hospitals, employers, clinicians and patients all have access to the highest quality genetic services. Key offerings include clinical genetic counseling, genetic testing utilization management, genetic testing payment integrity, and expert genetics clinical trial support. For more information: www.InformedDNA.com

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Contacts

Julia Searcy, MERGE Atlanta for InformedDNA: jsearcy@mergeworld.com, 678.879.1929