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ABI s Lombardi Joins Affy; NHGRI Replaces Jordan with Guttmacher, and Others

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 - Synthetic-RNA supplier Dharmacon Research hired William Marshall as executive vice president of research, development, and production, the company said Sept. 10.


Marshall, who was previously associate director of research at Amgen, will oversee daily operations, improve and expand production capacity, and extend the company's product line.


Dharmacon, based in Lafayette, Colo., produces custom RNA, amidites, and reagents for in-house synthesis.



Affymetrix yesterday said it had hired Applied Biosystems' Steve Lombardi as vice president of corporate development where he will be involved in early stage product development.


He was previously senior vice president of applications and products for ABI, where he managed product marketing, brand marketing, and strategic planning. In 16 years at the company, he also held positions as vice president of field operations in the Americas and vice president of genetic analysis.



Alan Guttmacher was named deputy director of the National Human Genome Research Institute on Sept. 9.


Guttmacher will help guide the institute's research following the windup of the human-genome project, projects that will include applying genomic science to new diagnostics and therapies for disease.


Guttmacher, a medical geneticist with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, joined NHGRI in 1999 as senior clinical advisor to the director. In April, he also took on the role of acting director of the NHGRI office of planning, policy, and communications.

His role at the agency involved acting as a liaison between clinicians, the genome-research community, and the public, and promoting larger public and medical understanding of the human-genome project.


Guttmacher replaces Elke Jordan, who announced her retirement last spring.


The institute also announced that it had brought on Vence Bonham, Jr., as senior consultant to the director on health disparities. Bonham, a health-policy researcher and associate professor at Michigan State University, will assist the director in outreach and work with the institute to develop projects that reduce racial and social disparities in health.



MDS Pharma last week said it had hired Sandra Kijanczuk to manage its Latin America office.


Kijanczuk, who comes to MDS from Aventis Pharmaceuticals, for whom she coordinated and recruited CROs throughout South America, will be based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.



The International Society for Computational Biology on Aug. 5 named six new board members.


The new members include: Steven Brenner, assistant professor of plant and microbial biology at the University of California, Berkeley; Rita Casadio, professor of biophysics at the University of Bologna, Italy; Roderic Guigo, associated professor of the Institut Municipal d'Investigacio Medico, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Centre de Regulacio Genomica, Barcelona, Spain; Goran Neshich, group leader at EMBRAPA Informatica Agropecuaria, Campinas, Brazil; Shoba Ranganathan, associate professor of biochemistry and biological sciences at the National University of Singapore; and Burkhard Rost, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular physics at Columbia University, in New York.



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