Genetics
 
In addition to working with media and educational companies, Battle is deeply involved in the emerging genomics/genetic testing industry. He is an investor/board member in GenomeWeb, the premier news and information provider to the genomics industry, council member and Treasurer of Genetic Alliance, the world’s leading nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics.



As an original investor and serving seven years as a board chair of DNA Direct, a San Francisco-based provider of guidance and decision support in genomic medicine, he negotiated the sale in 2010 to Medco, a Fortune 50 pharmacy benefit manager. He chaired Direct Medical Knowledge, a digital medical information provider to consumers, until its sale to WebMD in 1999.



Recent Activities

Following an 18 month strategic planning initiative, Battle helped conceive and negotiate the creation of the GED Testing Service (GEDTS), an innovative public-private partnership between Pearson, Inc. and the American Council on Education (ACE).


The new joint venture will bring the GED to a new and exciting level of excellence on behalf of learners seeking additional academic credentials and career opportunities.



Battle helped negotiate a comprehensive partnership between the National Geographic’s School Publishing Division and Cengage Learning. The complex deal included the sale of select educational assets as well as a global license for use of the Society’s brand in classrooms around the world. Battle also helped conceive and negotiate a successful prior partnership between Cengage Learning (formerly Heinle/Thomson) and NGS to launch English language teaching institutions around the world.



Battle is working closely with the American Council on Education to develop adult education strategies for learners currently struggling to become college and career-ready. ACE is collaborating with the Federal government, philanthropic institutions, and the private sector and convening a wide array of talented and committed stakeholders to create a healthy ecosystem for adult education.

 





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