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Jim Hauske, previously at Sepracor, joins systems-biology company Beyond Genomics of Waltham, Mass., as chief scientific officer.

 

Genset made some management changes, including the appointments of Hiroaki Tanaka as vice president of bioinformatics and Denis Ravel as head of the San Diego Research Center. Tanaka replaces Robert Abarbanel, and Ravel replaces John Ford.

 

Nina Giles, formerly with Incyte Genomics, headed to Hyseq Pharmaceuticals, where she is vice president of business development.

 

US President Bush awarded a National Medal of Science, the highest presidential honor in the field, to Victor McKusick of Johns Hopkins University, who first raised the idea of mapping the entire human genome at a meeting in 1969. McKusick was later founding president of HUGO.

 

North Carolina Biotechnology Center appointed Leslie Alexandre as president and CEO effective this month. Alexandre, 44, comes from the NCI to replace Charles Hammer, who retired earlier this year.

 

Carol Kovac, general manager of life sciences at IBM, was inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame at a gala in Santa Clara, Calif.

 

Lynx Therapeutics named Tom Vasicek to the VP post for business development. Vasicek was last at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.

 

Structural Bioinformatics hired Ruth Nutt, formerly of Merck, to be acting head of drug discovery for the San Diego proteomics-based discovery company. Nutt replaces Ian McDonald, who went to Structural Genomix to be drug discovery VP there.

 

Five months after Lion Bioscience acquired NetGenics, founder and former CEO Manuel Glynias left Lion, where he’d been senior vice president for strategic planning.

 

Devgen, a functional genomics company based in Belgium, appointed former Aventis exec Vincenzo Facchini as head of R&D.

 

Perlegen announced that Matthew Fust joined as its first CFO from ALZA, another Alejandro Zaffaroni affiliate.

 

Howard Cash, president of Gene Codes of Ann Arbor, Mich., was selected as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for health sciences in the state.

 

What a way to turn 60: To celebrate the big day for Michael Waterman, the bioinformatics community held a three-day international workshop at the University of Southern California. Workshop leaders were USC’s Simon Tavaré and Robert Penner, University of California, San Diego’s Pavel Pevzner, and Celera’s Sorin Istrail.

The Scan

Billions for Antivirals

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NFT of the Web

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23andMe on the Nasdaq

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