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Rich Keffer, Frank Oaks, Michael Barber

Sigma-Aldrich has named Rich Keffer to the post of corporate vice president, general counsel, and secretary, effective Aug. 28. In his new role, Keffer will manage the firm’s legal services and corporate governance processes.
 
Keffer’s most recent general counsel experience was with D&K Healthcare, which was acquired by McKesson in 2005.
 

 
Solexa appointed Frank Oaks as vice president of DNA sequencing services, the company said last week. as vice president of DNA sequencing services, the company said last week.
 
Oaks joined Solexa from Applied Biosystems’ Genetic Analysis Group, where he was most recently director of scientific operations. Prior to ABI, he was a research scientist with Dow Chemical. ’ Genetic Analysis Group, where he was most recently director of scientific operations. Prior to ABI, he was a research scientist with .
 
He holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, a BS in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. 
 

 
Bruker BioSciences’ board of directors modified the compensation plan for non-employee directors on Aug. 1, the company said in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week.
 
The annual retainer for non-employee directors increased to $26,000 from $16,000, the filing said. Each non-employee director will also receive a payment of $1,500 per board meeting the director attends, either in-person or by phone. They will continue to receive stock options.
 
The audit committee’s chairman receives an additional cash retainer, the amount of which increased to $28,000 from $18,000. The additional retainer the other members of the committee receive increased to $13,000 from $6,000.
 
The compensation committee’s chairman also receives an additional cash retainer, which increased to $13,000 from $6,000. The other committee members’ retainers increase to $8,000 from $4,000. 
 

 
GE has appointed Michael Barber to the position of chief technology officer of GE Healthcare and a vice president of technology, diagnostic imaging. He has been the general manager of technology since May 2005 and has been with GE since 1981. He held other positions in GE Healthcare, including general manager for components engineering and general manager for global components operations.

The Scan

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Gain of Oversight

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Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

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