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Stephen David Joins Nonlinear Dynamics from GE Healthcare; Volker Muschalek Leaves Senior Management Post at MWG Biotech; Ofer Haviv New CEO of Evogene; Wei Wang Wins Microsoft Research Fellowship; and Others

Stephen David has joined Nonlinear Dynamics' strategic marketing team, the Newcastle upon Tyne, UK-based company said yesterday. He comes to Nonlinear from GE Healthcare, formerly Amersham Biosciences, where he worked as DiGE global applications specialist.


Volker Muschalek has left MWG Biotech, effective May 31, the company said yesterday. He was one of two members of the company's management board and in charge of operations, human resources, IT, and the company's Indiabusiness.


Michael Murphy has become senior vice president of operations of Pacific Biometrics, the company said yesterday. He joins the Pacific from LabCorp, where he was a technical director. Murphy holds a doctorate in pathology and physiological chemistry from Ohio State University and a BS in natural sciences from XavierUniversity in Cincinnati.


Ofer Haviv has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Evogene, the Rehovot, Israel-based company, a subsidiary of Compugen, said yesterday. He used to be the company's chief operating and financial officer. He replaces Hagai Karchi, who has switched to the position of chief scientific officer.


In addition, Martin Gerstel, chairman of Compugen, has been appointed chairman of Evogene's board of directors. Leon Recanati, chairman and CEO of GlenRock Israel, has been elected as director, and Ilan Chet, president of the Weizmann Institute, as a special advisor to the company's board.


Sharon Tetlow has become senior vice president and chief financial officer of Cell Genesys, the South San Francisco-based company said today. She replaces Matthew Pfeffer, who resigned to spend more time with his family. Most recently, Tetlow was a venture partner at private equity firm Apax Partners. Prior to that, she was CFO of DiaDexus. Tetlow holds an MBA from StanfordUniversity's Graduate School of Business and a bachelor of arts and science from the Universityof Delaware.


Will Brooke and Mark Grovic have joined the board of directors of pathogen detection firm Innovative Biosensors of College Park, Md., in conjunction with the company's recent Series A round, Innovative said last week. Brooke works for Harbert Venture Partners and Grovic for New Markets Growth Fund, both investors in the financing round.


Steven Mento has become a director of Sangamo BioSciences, the Richmond, Calif.-based company said last week. He is the president and CEO of Idun Pharmaeuticals. Mento holds PhD and MS degrees from RutgersUniversity and a BA in microbiology from RutgersCollege.


Sun Tam has joined the University of Massachusetts Medical School as research associate professor, and Douglas Hinerfeld as research assistant professor, both of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, UMMS said last week. The two researchers come to UMMS from Charles River Proteomic Services, which closed down last year. They will participate in running the new UMMS Proteomic Consortium.


Wei Wang, a bioinformaticist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has won one of five New Faculty Fellowship Awards from Microsoft Research, BioInform, a GenomeWeb newsletter, has learned. The new program "honors early-career university professors who demonstrate exceptional talent for novel research and thought leadership in their discipline," Microsoft said. Wang and the other five inaugural fellows will each receive a $200,000 cash grant to pursue their research work in computer science. The will also be able to "explore collaborations with some of the top researchers working in their area of interest at Microsoft Research."


Paul Stothard and Damian Counsell have become directors of the Bioinformatics Organization, an open source bioinformatics advocacy group, BioInform has learned. Stothard works as a bioinformaticist for Genome Canada, and Counsell is a structural bioinformaticist at the UKMedical Research Council's HumanGenomeMappingProjectResourceCenter.


Steven Tanksley has won this year's Kumho Science International Award from the Kumho Cultural Foundation, according to Korean news sources. He is a professor of plant breeding and biometry at CornellUniversity. Tanksley is honored for creating genetic maps for major crops such as tomatoes and rice plants as well as for his contributions in the field of comparative genomics and breeding methodologies. He will receive the award, along with a grant of $30,000 at a ceremony on June 3 at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. 


Christine Seidman has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Harvard Medical School-Partners HealthCare Center for Genetics and Genomics said last week. She is an associate director of HPCGG; director of the cardiovascular genetics service at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; and a Howard Hughes investigator.


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