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David Macdonald, Michael Knapp


In the latest sign of its march towards clinical diagnostics, Nanogen has appointed David Macdonald, a 22-year veteran of the diagnostics business, as senior vice president of operations. Macdonald was most recently president and CEO of Progeny Systems, which provides software for mapping genetic pedigree, and Medical Electronics Systems. Prior to that appointment, he was president and chief operating officer of Nichols Institute Diagnostics, a division of Quest Diagnostics. He also served as director of operations at Behring Diagnostics from 1988 to 1993.

Macdonald, who will spearhead product development, manufacturing, and operations at Nanogen, holds an MBA from Babson College.

Macdonald’s appointment is the latest in a series of management changes at the San Diego - based company. In April, the company appointed William Franzblau as vice president of legal affairs and Randy Berholtz as senior corporate counsel and senior director of business development.


Caliper Technologies of Mountain View, Calif., has named Michael Knapp to replace Daniel Kisner as CEO. Knapp, a Caliper founder and vice president of corporate development, will step into the CEO position July 1, when Kisner will become chairman of the board, the company said. Kisner also will relinquish his responsibilities as president. The company’s CFO James Knighton, will also serve as president. David Milligan, Caliper’s current chairman, will become vice chairman.

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