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Helicos Beefs Up R&D Management Team, Burrill Named Chairman of BioImagene Board, Mullis Appointed Boveran Advisor, and More

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Helicos BioSciences has tapped Bill Efcavitch to be chief technology officer, Marc Levine to be senior VP of product development, and Stan Letovsky as VP for scientific informatics.
Efcavitch was promoted from VP of product development, and he previously spent 24 years at Applied Biosystems. Marc Levine previously was involved in commercialization and development of capital equipment at Teradyne. Letovskyspent 20 years working in industrial bioinformatics and had management roles at Codon Devices, Millenium Pharmaceuticals, and at Monsanto.

Digital pathology company BioImagene has appointed biotechnology venture capitalist Steven Burrill to be chairman of its board of directors.
New board members also include Taras Silecky of Ascencsion Health Ventures and, as an independent member, Ajit Singh, CEO of Siemens Healthcare’s Image and Knowledge Management Business.

Cancer detection company Boveran Diagnostics has appointed Kary Mullis to its board of advisors. Mullis won a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1993 for the invention of polymerase chain reaction technology. Mullis currently is a researcher at Children’s Hospital and Research Institute in Oakland, Calif.

Richard Taylor has joined Vermillion as senior financial consultant and interim CFO. He succeeds Qun Zhou, who had been serving as interim CFO. Talyor was VP of finance and administration at Cellgate, a privately held oncology company. Since that firm's acquisition by Progen Pharmaceuticals, he has served as head of finance, US operations for Progen under a post-merger, short-term contract.

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