100 Genomes in 10 Days: The X Prize for Genomics Has New Director, Marc Hodosh

Hodosh will lead the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for genomics that is challenging teams of scientists and entrepreneurs to develop high-speed genome sequencing to enable personalized medicine. The prize will be awarded to the company that creates technology capable of mapping 100 human genomes in 10 days. Hodosh is the former president of ID One, a facial recognition technology company. Most recently, he served as a consultant to inventor Dean Kamen at DEKA Research & Development and also chairs Kamen's FIRST Robotics competition in Boston which has inspired thousands of high school students interested in science and technology careers.    The X PRIZE Foundation's second major prize provides a multi-million dollar incentive to create technology that successfully maps 100 human genomes in 10 days. This could eventually help identify the genetic links to cancer and other diseases.    Hodosh, who lives in Brookline, Mass., previously served as director of business development at Viisage Technology, a biometric and secure ID company. He also founded two companies which invented and imported consumer products from Asia.      Hodosh, 34, has a bachelor of arts in psychology and neuroscience from Ithaca College and a masters in medicine from Boston University Medical School.