Exact Sciences appoints former Kansas governor, HHS secretary Sebelius to its board of directors

Exact Sciences Corp., the maker of the Cologuard take home colon cancer test and one of the largest public companies in Wisconsin, has appointed Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to its board of directors, the Madison company announced Tuesday.

“Secretary Sebelius understands the value of detecting cancer earlier, as well as the systemic challenges and opportunities to improve health care,” said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences, in a statement provided by the company. “Throughout her time in public service, she always kept the needs of patients in the forefront. As we work to deliver life-changing innovations in earlier cancer detection, her experience and perspectives will be essential to helping us develop practical, next-generation tests for the screening, diagnosis and monitoring of cancers.”