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Carl Hull, Paul Hawran, Gregory Schiffman, Sheila Robertson, Jai Nagarkatti, Franklin Wicks, David Julien, Lee Hood

Gen-Probe has hired Carl Hull as executive vice president and COO, the company said this week.
Hull recently was at Applied Biosystems, where he served as vice president and general manager of the company’s Sequence Detection System and Microarray business unit.
Hull also was a CEO at Applied Imaging and he worked in marketing and sales at Ventana Medical Systems and at Abbott Laboratories.

Sequenom has appointed Paul Hawran to the post of CFO, effective April 1. Hawran most recently served as CFO of Neurocrine Biosciences. He also previously was vice president and treasurer of SmithKline Beecham, which is now GlaxoSmithKline.
Hawran has been serving on Sequenom’s board of directors, a position he will resign. He also will be replaced as chairman of the firm’s audit committee by Harry Hixson, Sequenom’s chairman of the board of directors.

Former Affymetrix CFO Gregory Schiffman has joined the board of directors of Entelos, the company said last week. Schiffman is CFO at Dendreon. He also was a vice president and controller for Applied Biosystems and a manager at Hewlett Packard and at IBM.

Agilent announced this week that Sheila Robertson, operational CFO of the firm’s Electronic Measurement Group, will succeed John Eaton as vice president of corporate development. Eaton is retiring on April 30, after 23 years with Agilent and predecessor company Hewlett-Packard.
Robert Cantrell will succeed Robertson as CFO of the Electronic Measurement Group. He currently serves as group controller for Agilent’s global infrastructure organization.

Sigma-Aldrich has announced cash bonuses that will be awarded to its management team on March 2. President and CEO Jai Nagarkatti will receive $416,874; Michael Hogan, CFO and chief administrative officer, will receive $22,955; Franklin Wicks, president of the SAFC unit, will receive $177, 375; and David Julien, president of research specialties, will receive $165,920.

Institute for Systems Biology co-founder Lee Hood will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Institute said last week.
He is being honored for helping to develop the DNA-sequencing technology that was used in the Human Genome Project.
An awards ceremony featuring Hood and several other inventors will be held May 4-5 in Akron, Ohio. The NIHF annually awards individuals with patented inventions that may be of benefit to society.

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