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Lee Hood Joins NimbleGen Board; ITI Life Sciences Hires Invitrogen Marketer; Orchid and Qiagen Name New Sales VPs; and Others

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –  Leroy Hood has joined the board of directors at NimbleGen Systems, the company said this week. Hood also will take over the chair on the company’s scientific advisory board.
Hood is co-founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology.

ITI Life Sciences has appointed Jim Greaves to the post of director of marketing and communications, ITI said this week.
Greaves arrives at ITI from CXR Biosciences, where he served as director of business development.
Greaves formerly was director of European marketing for Invitrogen.

Orchid Cellmark has named Bruce Basarab to the position of vice president of North American sales and marketing, the company said this week.
Basarab formerly was executive vice president of commercial operations for i-STAT, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Geneva Pharmaceuticals, part of Novartis’ US operations, and was executive director of Northwest sales for Ciba-Geigy.

Qiagen has promoted Hans Peter Fatscher to vice president of life sciences sales, the company said this week. Fatscher has worked at Qiagen since 2001 in sales management and other sales areas, including director of global customer satisfaction.
In his new position at Qiagen, Fatscher will be responsible for North American life science sales and will work to standardize the company’s life sciences commercial processes in North America.
Fatscher spent about eight years in sales at company owned by Boehringer Ingelhiem, and ran his own consulting firm for three years before joining Qiagen.

The X Prize Foundation has named Marc Hodosh to direct its Archon X Prize for Genomics, which will award $10 million to the first group to sequence 100 diploid human genomes in 10 days for $1 million.
Hodosh formerly worked at facial-recognition company ID One, and chaired a robotics competition for inventor Dean Kamen, who developed the Segway, the foundation said.

Peter Roberts has been promoted to director of sciences at VizX Labs, the Seattle-based company said this week.
Roberts formerly was senior manager of bioinformatics at Celera Genomics, and worked in microbiology research at Serono, Genzyme, and at the US Department of Agriculture.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.