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Mike Hunkapiller, Terry Pizzie, John Hill, Ronald Dollens, Mark Logan, Richard Morris, George Hatsopoulos

Mike Hunkapiller, who left his job as president and general manager of Applied Biosystems in August in a surprising move, will join Alloy Ventures, a Palo Alto, Calif., venture-capital firm, as one of six general partners.

The firm, which manages $875 million in capital and has investments in companies such as Zyomyx and Galileo Pharmaceuticals, and Applied Biosystems and Affymetrix in the past, in a statement said Hunkapilller would focus his efforts on information technology and life sciences businesses that advance large-scale biology projects in the medical and biotechnology sectors.

Terry Pizzie was named senior vice president for commercial operations for Uppsala, Sweden-based Biacore International, the company said this week. He will have responsibility for all of Biacore's commercial activities globally, including sales and product management, effective March 1. Pizzie was most recently vice president for Europe for Applied Biosystems. Previously, he was director of sales and marketing for ABI in Europe.

John Hill last week was named chief technology officer for Siemens Business Services of Norwalk, Conn. He will report to Scott Moyer, Siemen's chief financial officer, and will oversee all technology aspects for the firm's IT services clients. Hill was vice president and CIO at Praxair, an industrial gas supplier. Previously, he was vice president of information technology at PerkinElmer.

Ronald Dollens has been named chairman of the board of Kinetic Concepts of San Antonio, Texas, the company said last week. Dollens is president and CEO of Guidant and its subsidiary, Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, and is a member of the board of directors of Beckman Coulter. Previously, he was president of Eli Lilly.

Mark Logan was named to the board of directors of Izalex, the company said last week. Most recently, he was chairman and CEO of the laser-vision correction company Visx. Previously, he held senior management positions at Becton Dickinson.

Richard Morris has joined CSS Industries of Philadelphia as vice president and chief information officer, the company said. Previously, he was managing director for Xernon Technology Solutions. He also served as chief information officer for PerkinElmer.

George Hatsopoulos, who founded Thermo Electron, will fund a $50,000 annual prize given to a student for the best idea for independent research or a doctoral thesis on a practical — and patentable — process or mechanism in mechanical engineering, the Massachusetts Institute for Technology said last week.

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