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Asterand Inc.

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

The executives that head up Asterand Inc. have unconventional CVs for a start-up in the field of genomics. Founder and CEO Randal Charlton was formerly a consultant with the World Bank and various international aid agencies, and president and COO Simon Greenman was the founding VP of operations at MapQuest.com, the oft-consulted Internet source for driving directions. But Charlton's experience in negotiating contracts with the governments of third world countries and Greenman's facility with search engines are exactly the right sort of backgrounds for a company whose mission is creating a global biorepository of human tissue samples to serve pharmaceutical researchers.
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