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Craig Mundie. (Microsoft file photo)
Craig Mundie. (Microsoft file photo)

We’re getting a better idea of how longtime Microsoft executive Craig Mundie is going to spend some of his time after he retires from the software giant next year.

Mundie, the former chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft who now serves as an advisor to Steve Ballmer, was just named to the board of the Institute for Systems Biology.

The Leroy Hood-led non-profit is a pioneer in the arena of systems biology, using technology to shift the focus in healthcare “from reactive medicine to personalized wellness and prevention.” It employs about 230 people.

In addition to Mundie, the ISB also named Douglas Howe, the founder and president of commercial real estate company Touchstone Corp., and Dr. Drew Senyei, managing director of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, to the board.

“In order for ISB’s research to have the greatest impact, it must have scalability,” said Hood, the recent recipient of the National Medal of Science. “The collective breadth and depth of experience that Craig, Drew and Douglas will bring to our organization will fuel a broader recognition of the power of systems biology to revolutionize science and medicine.”

Hood was recruited to the University of Washington with money from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, with the scientist later leaving the university to start the ISB in 2000.

Other board members at the ISB include Symform CEO Mark Ashida; Arch Venture Partners Bob Nelsen; attorney Stephen Graham; and real estate developer David Sabey.

Previously on GeekWireAn inside look at the Institute for Systems Biology’s colorful new Seattle HQ

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