NEW YORK, Feb 13 – Parabon Computation of Fairfax, Va., said Tuesday it had hired John Grefenstette to be the director of Parabon Labs.

In his new position Grefenstette will direct the company’s efforts to develop new applications for Frontier Internet, Parabon’s distributed-computing platform for science, medicine, and business.

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