Professor Gil McVean, co-founder of Genomics plc, has been appointed chief information officer of the company and a member of the senior leadership team.

Gil, already a director and one of the founders of Genomics plc, is a world leader in the analysis of population-scale genomic data. He will take the lead in "shaping and implementing the company’s data strategy."

He joins the company from the University of Oxford where he was the founding director of the Big Data Institute (BDI), one of the world’s premier research institutions, and Professor of Statistical Genetics at the Nuffield Department of Medicine.

Gil said of his appointment: "As a founder of Genomics, it is exciting to see how the company has grown and is already using genetic information to bring benefits to healthcare systems, the life science industry and, ultimately, patients. I am looking forward to joining such a dynamic team. My work in big data and machine learning will help Genomics maximise its impact on the rapidly evolving landscape of using genomic insights to transform drug discovery and precision health.”