Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ancestry: genomics expert appointed to the Board

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PROVO, Utah, May 16, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM - News), the world's largest online family history resource, today announced that renowned genomics expert Dr. Paul R. Billings has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors, increasing the Board's size to nine members. Billings was also appointed a member of the Company's Audit Committee.

"Dr. Billings makes a great addition to our Board at a time when our focus on genetic genealogy is just at its beginning stages," said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of "Paul's addition shows our company's reinforced commitment to the science of DNA that we are convinced will provide a new way for customers to make amazing discoveries that they can share with family and friends."

A board certified internist and clinical geneticist, Billings serves as Chief Medical Officer at Life Technologies Corporation and has extensive expertise and clinical experience in the areas of genomics and molecular medicine. Prior to joining Life Technologies, Billings was the Chief Executive Officer of CELLective Dx Corporation, prior to which he was Senior Vice President of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings. He is the author of nearly 200 publications and books on genomic medicine and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego and an M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology from Harvard University.

About Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM - News) is the world's largest online family history resource, with 1.9 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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