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Directors of Venter Center, Sigma-Aldrich Win NSF Medal; LabCorp and Luminex Hire COOs; and Others

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Rita Colwell and Nina Fedoroff are among this week's winners of the National Science Foundation’s 2006 National Medals of Science and Technology.
Fedoroff also this week was named science and technology adviser to US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Colwell, a former NSF director, and Fedoroff will receive their awards at a White House celebration on July 27.
Colwell is currently a distinguished professor at the

University of
, where she is a member of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. She is also 
a director of the J. Craig Venter Institute. Federoff, meantime, has been a Sigma-Aldrich director since 1996. She is a professor at Penn State University and an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute.
As a science adviser at the US Department of State, Fedoroff will function as the department’s chief scientist and as its principal liaison to scientific communities.

LabCorp has named Don Hardison to be executive vice president and COO, the company said this week.
Hardison formerly was president, CEO, and director at Exact Sciences, and also held executive and sales and marketing spots at Siebel Systems, Quest Diagnostics, and SmithKline Beecham.

Luminex has named Douglas Bryant executive vice president and COO of the company. Bryant formerly was vice president of global commercial operations at Abbott Diagnostics and Abbott Molecular, and ran the company’s diagnostics operations in the Asia Pacific, European, African, and the Middle Eastern markets, the company said.

Oxford Gene Technology has appointed Tim Cook to its board as a non-executive director, the company said. Cook, who was appointed in April, recently was an executive director at Isis Innovation, and before that was involved in various management roles in the technology sector. Cook also is an adviser to universities and public groups on technology transfer, chairman of the Oxford Science Enterprise Center, and a visiting professor of Science Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

GeneGo has tapped Richard Brennan to be director of toxicology, a role that will include running the MetaTox Consortium, a public/private systems biology collaborative, the company said this week.
Brennan previously was director of molecular and investigative toxicology at Iconix Biosciences, an associate director of pharmacology and cell biology at Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, and a senior scientist at OSI Pharmaceuticals.

The American Peptide Society has named Richard Houghten president. Houghton also is president and founder of the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, and while at the Scripps Research Institute he developed an approach that speeds the process of creating multiple peptides for scientific research, TPIMS said.

Althea Technologies has hired Karen Daniels to be president of its Bio-Services division, the company said this week. Daniels has served in executive positions at Genetronics, Plexus, Vidacare, and TDK.

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