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Perlegen Hires Pixar VP to Oversee Information Systems

NEW YORK, April 18 – Affymetrix subsidiary Perlegen Sciences has hired Greg Brandau, formerly the vice president of computer operations for Pixar Animation Studios, as its new chief information officer, Perlegen said Wednesday.

"Greg will bring a much needed dimension to our senior management team, helping us build Perlegen's computer architecture for handling the many terabytes of genetic data we are generating," Perlegen CEO Brad Margus said in a statement.

Perlegen, which announced earlier this month that it had raised $100 million in private financing, is using Affymetrix microarray technology to analyze genome for variations, and to compare thousands of genomes to discover haplotypes associated with disease and drug response.

At Pixar, Brandau oversaw the company’s information technology infrastructure beginning in 1996, managing the staff that produced movies such as "A Bug’s Life" and "Toy Story 2."

"Not only did he oversee a large computer organization, but Greg cleverly managed the challenges of a heterogeneous user population that included artists as well as PhDs in computer science," Margus said. "We're confident that Greg will be instrumental in leading and inspiring the world-class team of computer programmers and bioinformatics experts we're now assembling at Perlegen."

Brandau received his bachelor and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, and an MBA from Duke University.  
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