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Scimagix Moves into Europe; New MRC Spin-off Hires Orchid s Ashton as CEO

NEW YORK, Nov. 20-Scimagix said yesterday that it had expanded its European operations and added a new vice president of marketing, John Andrews.


The San Mateo, Calif.-based bioinformatics firm has opened new headquarters in Luton, England and sales and support offices in Munich, Germany and Paris, France in response to "growing demand" for its products in Europe, the company said.


Andrews will manage expansion in these new markets. He was previously executive vice president of field operations for Aurigin Systems, a patent information company. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of sales and marketing for Entelos.


The company also hired Bob Marchmont as Business Area Director for Proteomics. Marchmont, who was previously with Nonlinear Dynamics, will lead product marketing efforts for the company's ProteinMine line.



Psychiatric Genomics said yesterday that it had added Michael Knable to its scientific advisory board. Knable is medical director for the Stanley Medical Research Institute, which funds and conducts research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Psychiatric Genomics has a research collaboration with the SMRI, and the institute also has invested in the company.




Chris Ashton has been appointed chief executive officer of the new British knockout mouse company Etiologics, the firm announced on Nov. 18.


Ashton, 42, was previously Vice President and Managing Director of European Operations at Orchid Biosciences, where he established and managed the company's European division. During this time, Ashton arranged the company's first major SNP genotyping deal and directed the acquisition of Cellmark Diagnostics from AstraZeneca.


Before joining Orchid in 2000, he was commercial director of Inpharmatica, the University College London bioinformatics spin-off.


Etiologics, based in Oxford, UK, develops and screens new knockout mice for use as disease models in drug discovery. It was spun out last month from the Medical Research Council Mammalian Genetics Unit.



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