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Former AP Biotech Exec Takes Life Sciences Helm at Orchid

NEW YORK, Jan 19 – Orchid Biosciences announced that it had hired Jack Ball, formerly president of Amersham Pharmacia Biotech North America, as senior vice president and general manager of its life sciences group.

Ball, who managed sales, marketing, customer service, and technical support for AP Biotech's MegaBace DNA sequencer and other instrument s, will oversee the development and marketing of Orchid’s SNP analysis products and services. He will report directly to Dale Pfost, Orchid's chairman and CEO.

" Jack Ball brings to Orchid a wealth of experience in managing technically innovative life sciences businesses,” Pfost said in a statement. “We expect he will be a major contributor to our growth as we introduce new Orchid products to the exploding marketplace for SNP scoring.”

The company also announced a slew of promotions: Michael Boyce-Jacino, who has served as Orchid’s vice president of R&D since 1998, was promoted to chief technology officer; Russell Granzow was promoted to vice president of corporate business development and strategy; Michael Pettigrew has been named the new executive director of marketing and sales; and James Marcella has been named executive director of manufacturing and SNP operations.

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