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PEOPLE: Human Genome Sciences Snags Jerry Karabelas and AxCell Recruits New Board Member

NEW YORK, April 17 - Gene Network Sciences, an Ithaca, NY-based computational biology company, said today that Stuart Kauffman has joined its board of directors.


Kauffman is a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratories, a founding member of the Santa Fe Institute, and chief scientific officer of BiosGroup, a consulting and software development company.


Gene Network Sciences uses gene-expression and proteomics data to build computer models of gene and protein circuits. It combines these models with inferential bioinformatics and data mining tools in order to develop drug targets and test potential drugs. 


The company's main disease focus is colon cancer, and it has developed software to improve data extraction from microarray experiments.


GNS said that Methylgene senior vice president Jeffrey Besterman and Princeton molecular biologist Daniel Notterman had also joined the company's scientific advisory board.


Human Genome Sciences said on April 15 that it had appointed Jerry Karabelas to its board of directors.


Karabelas was most recently at the investment company Care Capital. Previously, he was founder and chair of the Novartis BioVenture Fund.


AxCell Biosciences said on April 12 that it had appointed Jill Mesirov to its scientific advisory board.


Mesirov is chief information officer and director of bioinformatics and computational biology at the Whitehead Institute. She also has an appointment at Boston University as adjunct professor of bioinformatics.


She is known for her expertise in developing computational biology algorithms for gene-expression data, sequence-homology searching, protein folding, and other areas.


Mesirov joins Axel Ullrich, Tony Hunter, and Marius Sudol on AxCell's growing scientific advisory board.

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