In this newly created position, Hawkins will focus on "identifying technologies, strategic initiatives and alliances that will leverage the company's existing technology and provide new market opportunities," MDS said in a statement. He will start the job on May 2.
Before joining GE, Hawkins was the senior vice president of development and new business initiatives at Amersham Biosciences. Hawkins has also directed the US Department of Energy's Human Genome Project at the Joint Genome Institute.
He has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sussex/MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and a BS from the
At MDS, Hawkins will report to CEO John Rogers.