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James Merryweather, Geert Nygaard, Stan Fronczkowski, Faye Coggins

Ciphergen Biosystems last week said that James Merryweather will resign as executive vice president of sales and marketing.
 
Merryweather “principally supported” Ciphergen’s tools business, which the company sold to Bio-Rad late last year.
 
As part of his resignation, Merryweather will provide consulting services to the company as requested for up to six months following his resignation, agree not to compete with the company or solicit the services of the company's employees, and provide a general release of claims in favor of the company.
 
In return, Merryweather will continue to be paid at his current base rate for the term of the consulting period.
 

 
Epigenomics this week said it has named Geert Nygaard as its new CEO.
 
Nygaard comes to the company from his role as managing director and management board member of Abbott. Nygaard also has worked at the Swiss company Dako and at Beckman Instruments.
 

 
Strategic Diagnostics this week said it has named Stan Fronczkowski to be chief financial officer and Faye Coggins as executive director of marketing.
 
Fronczkowski spent 29 years with Keystone Foods, and served as vice president of international finance and COO for Keystone Europe, Middle East and Africa, and as vice president of finance for Asia-Pacific.
 
Coggins most recently was vice president of marketing for the life science research division of Fisher Biosciences. He has also been executive director for Qiagen.

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