What does "lead" mean here? Pioneer?

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“Using technology to encourage wellness has lots of promise. They can improve patients’ lives and in some instance possibly avoid the high costs of emergency room visits. They can add real-time data about patients’ vital signs to electronic health records,” says Heather Fraser, global life sciences lead at the IBM Institute for Business Value.
 

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“Using technology to encourage wellness has lots of promise. They can improve patients’ lives and in some instance possibly avoid the high costs of emergency room visits. They can add real-time data about patients’ vital signs to electronic health records,” says Heather Fraser, global life sciences lead at the IBM Institute for Business Value.

He is the person in charge of global life sciences at IBM.
 

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He is the person in charge of global life sciences at IBM.

:up: (lamentably, in my view :-( (;-))) This usage is becoming quite common. Often when TV detectives approach an interview, the senior one says 'You be lead on this one'.

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I, too, don't see the need to abbreviate "leader."
 

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I, too, don't see the need to abbreviate "leader."

I don't see it as an abbreviation of "leader". For example, I see "lead" in "lead interviewer" as an adjective and saying "lead" is just a short (lazy?) version of that entire phrase. Of course, it's not always "lead interviewer", it could be "lead trainer" or "lead + any other similar noun".
 
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