David Onions was recently promoted from the role of chief scientific officer of Invitrogen unit BioReliance to chief medical officer of Invitrogen. The position is a new one at Invitrogen and a seemingly unusual role for someone at a firm focused on developing and selling molecular biology tools. This week, Onions spoke with BioCommerce Week about his new position and Invitrogen's strategy for more collaborative efforts in medical research that are closer to the patient.

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