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Bob Hamm, Hans Peter Hasler, Peter Jensen, Ken Thornton, Jack Dixon, George Palade, Yury Rozenman


Bob Hamm of Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen has been named senior vice president for North American commercial operations, the company announced in December. Hamm, who has been with Biogen since 1994, was Biogen’s senior vice president for Europe, Canada and the Middle East. He will report to Hans Peter Hasler, executive vice president.

Peter Jensen, has been named as non-executive director of Genetix of New Milton, UK. Jensen is chairman of the European Business Forum and serves as a director of Domino Printing Sciences and Newmarket Racecourses Trust. Previously, Jensen was chairman of SmithKlineBeecham’s European consumer healthcare operations and then president of worldwide supply operations.

Ken Thornton has been named to the board of directors of First Genetic Trust, a Deerfield, Ill., bioinformatics technology company. Thornton is a retired IBM executive, serving as general manager, public sector and as a member of the company’s worldwide management and corporate technology councils.

Jack Dixon will become dean for scientific affairs and health sciences at the University of California, San Diego, in February, following George Palade, who retired about a year ago. Dixon currently directs the life sciences institute at the University of Michigan. In California, he will be professor of pharmacology and of cellular and molecular medicine.

Yury Rozenman leaves as director of life science business development at Platform Computing to join IBM as global pharmaceutical marketing manager.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.