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Brian Corn

Brian Corn

Vice President of Professional/Consulting Services

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“My role at Intouch has really been a culmination of all of my professional interests rolled into one!”

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

Gene sequencing. In the span of a decade, the technology has gone from taking millions of dollars and ten years to sequence a single genome to now costing $100 and only taking a matter of weeks. The implications for pharmacogenomics in particular are simply mind-boggling. Imagine being able to help a patient target not only pre-dispositions to specific diseases, but to also identify possible changes in their lifestyle and the exact medication that will match his or her genetic code!

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How many languages do you speak?

1 and 1/3 (English, a little Spanish, and a little French).

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What was the last good book you read?

The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean. It describes how genetics have had an impact on the entire globe and how certain genes allow for certain traits.

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What was your first paying job?

I was a cook at McDonald’s. That job really made me want to go to college, so I didn’t have to keep that job!

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What was your favorite college course?

That would be a tie between Electronic Music Composition (back in the days of sliding sequencers) and Astronomy (I’m a big Cosmos fan).

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson or Carl Sagan?

I think I prefer the new ones. Neil is more engaging and personable. I think I like them a little better.

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative) who would it be?

That would be a tie between John Lennon and Albert Einstein.

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How did you get started in this industry?

I’ve always been in technology and have always gravitated toward health care. My role at Intouch has really been a culmination of all of my professional interests rolled into one!

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Dusting! I no longer do it; I normally get my kids to do the dusting. As a teenager I did a lot of chores and dusting was something I got stuck doing and I just didn’t enjoy doing it.

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What is your favorite drink?

I’m a beer guy. Recently, the best find was Charleville’s Box of Chocolates; it’s an amazing Chocolate Quadrupel Ale!

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Do you have any hidden talents?

As a guitarist, I can usually pick up just about any stringed instrument and get some decent sounds out of it.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

Definitely the Renaissance. It was an incredible mash-up of music, art and science!

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I am a morning person, as long as I’ve had a couple of cups of coffee!