As head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics, O'Day will be responsible for all global functions including research, development, manufacturing, and marketing, as well as site operations in
O'Day holds a BS in biology from
Paul Gilna has been appointed executive director of the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis (CAMERA) project, HPC Wire reported last week. CAMERA is a joint project between the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the
Gilna replaces interim director Peter Arzberger, director of Life Science Initiatives at UCSD, HPC Wire reported. Gilna is the former director of the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute and group leader of genomic science and computational biology in the bioscience division of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was previously program director for Computational Biology and Database Activity Programs at the National Science Foundation, and was also co-PI of the GenBank project at Los Alamos before it was managed by the
Alec Jeffreys, a professor in the department of genetics at the University of Leicester and the inventor of DNA fingerprinting, will be awarded the 2006 H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The Heineken Prize, worth $150,000, is one of six prizes in the sciences and the arts to be awarded on Sept. 28, 2006, during a special session of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in
In a statement, the academy said, "The consequences of Jeffreys' discovery have been so far-reaching and rapid that it is virtually impossible to imagine the world without it."
The discipline of forensic molecular biology "is therefore a direct outcome of Jeffreys' research," the academy noted, "but his discoveries have also opened up other doors, for example the ability to determine whether someone is a carrier of certain pathogenic genes."
Jeffreys is currently studying how irradiation may have caused genetic mutations in families from
Last year Jeffreys was awarded the Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Other awards and honors include the Davy Medal by the Royal Society in 1987, a Knighthood for services to genetics in 1994, the Australia Prize in 1998, and the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine in 2004.
Jeffreys received his PhD in biochemistry in 1975 at
Protedyne has tapped Roch Kelly as chief operating officer. Kelly will head the company's manufacturing, purchasing, customer care, and human resources departments.
Kelly was most recently vice president of clinical operations,
He holds a BS in Finance from
Sigma-Aldrich re-elected several directors at its annual shareholders meeting last week: Nina Fedoroff, David Harvey, Lee McCollum, Jai Nagarkatti, Avi Nash, William O'Neil, Pedro Reinhard, Timothy Sear, Dean Spatz, and Barrett Toan.
PharmaFrontiers has hired Lynne Hohlfeld as vice president of finance. Hohlfield was previously vice president and chief financial officer of Denota Ventures and has also worked at Bacterial Barcodes, Spectral Genomics, LifeCell, Dixie Chemical, Price Waterhouse Coopers, McKenna & Company, and Arthur Andersen.
Hohlfeld holds a BBA in accounting from the
Remco van Soest has joined Eksigent Technologies as product manager of the company's NanoLC HPLC systems. In this role, he will lead development of tools for proteomics and biomarker discovery, and will be responsible for marketing the company's NanoLC-1D Plus and NanoLC-2D proteomics systems.
Most recently, van Soest was technical manager at Dionex. Prior to that, he was research scientist at LC Packings. He holds an MS in analytical chemistry from Vrije Universiteit the
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