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Robert Herbold, Peter Lundberg, David Capes, Nicholas Conti, Pamela Wickham, Lew Platt, Carly Fiorina, Harry Stonecipher

Robert Herbold, retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Microsoft and a director of Agilent, last week donated $2 million to the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Peter Lundberg joins Solexa as vice president and chief technical officer with responsibility for all R&D activities at the company's California location. Lundberg previously was vice president for DNA platforms R&D at Applied Biosystems. He served as director of engineering in the ABI's PCR business unit responsible for overseeing the technical development of real-time PCR, including its application to both gene expression and genotyping, and the development of the company's array platforms.

David Capes was promoted to vice president for R&D for Rockeby Biomed of Australia from his position as head of product development for diagnostics. Capes previously was director of Asia-Pacific R&D for Becton Dickinson.

Nicholas Conti was named to the new position of vice president of corporate development for Orchid BioSciences, the company said last week. Conti previously was vice president for R&D and business operations for a unit of Becton Dickinson.

Raytheon appointed Pamela Wickham as vice president of communications and corporate affairs effective March 14, the company said. Most recently Wickham was vice president, corporate communications for Hewlett Packard. Previously, Wickham was executive vice president for GE Healthcare.

Lew Platt, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, who six years ago this month announced plans to spin out Agilent Technologies and then stepped aside after the restructuring to be replaced by Carly Fiorina, is also the non-executive chairman of Boeing and is expected to be influential in the naming of the company's new president to replace ousted CEO Harry Stonecipher, according to news reports.

The Scan

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.

Fragile X Syndrome Mutations Found With Comprehensive Testing Method

Researchers in Clinical Chemistry found fragile X syndrome expansions and other FMR1 mutations with ties to the intellectual disability condition using a long-range PCR and long-read sequencing approach.

Team Presents Strategy for Speedy Species Detection in Metagenomic Sequence Data

A computational approach presented in PLOS Computational Biology produced fewer false-positive species identifications in simulated and authentic metagenomic sequences.

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.