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Short Reads: Oct 1, 2001


GeneProt announces big changes to its management team. Diana Wetmore becomes CTO in the Geneva branch after her previous work at Anadys Pharmaceuticals; Bertrand Damour comes aboard as CFO from JP Morgan; and Stephen Macevicz, formerly VP of legal affairs at Lynx Therapeutics, takes on the role of vice president of IP.


Paris-based functional genomics company Nautilus Biotech hired Abderrahim Mahfoudi as director of corporate development. Mahfoudi comes from Aventis Pharma.


Lexicon Genetics, which recently licensed its gene targeting technology to Merck, made further strides toward its discovery goal. David Kimball joins from Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute as senior director of medicinal chemistry. Peter Cheung became senior scientist in pharmaceutical discovery after working for six years at R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute. And Alexander Turner, who joined five years ago, has been named senior director of pharmaceutical discovery.


MWG Biotech’s CEO and founder Michael Weichselgartner stepped down after announcing expected losses, prompting shares to drop 28 percent. Matthias Schönermark of the Boston Consulting Group will be the new CEO.

Talk about keeping it in the family. Renovis, a genomics-based neuroscience company, recently appointed cofounder Corey Goodman to the post of president and CEO. Lynne Zydowsky, another cofounder, will add senior vice president of business development to her current COO role. Cofounder Tito Serafini will be vice president for genomic research and chief discovery scientist and Andrew Shyjan (not a cofounder) is VP of molecular biology.


South Africa native Christina Raimondo heads to Cape Town’s Electric Genetics as director of business development, vacating her post at GeneticXchange in California.


Reinhold Mann, who currently heads up life sciences at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Lab, has been named deputy lab director for science and technology at the Pacific Northwest National Lab. Mann is known for bringing bioinformatics and biotech to ORNL and is expected to make similar contributions at PNNL.


Bill Gates is no role model for rising genomics execs. It’s back to school for Cyrus Harmon, VP of computational genomics at Affymetrix. Five years ago, Harmon dropped out of grad school to launch bioinformatics company Neomorphic, acquired by Affy last year for $70 million. Flush with stock options, Harmon is taking a three-year leave to return to Gerry Rubin’s UC Berkeley lab to complete a PhD in genetics.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.