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Doyle Hill, Larry Gold, Wolfgang Fries, David Persing, Mitchell Mroz, Cristina Kepner, Thomas Gutshall, John Bishop, Robert Easton, Dean Morton, Kurt Petersen, Hollings Renton


Doyle Hill has been appointed vice president and chief technology officer of Integrated NanoTechnologies, a Rochester, NY, developer of nanoscale bioelectronic DNA identification platforms.

Prior to this appointment, Hill was group vice president, research and development worldwide, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics and vice president, immunodiagnostics business at Johnson & Johnson. He also served for 22 years in management positions in the clinical products and clinical diagnostic divisions of Eastman Kodak. Hill holds a PhD from Oklahoma State University.

Larry Gold has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of Archemix, the Cambridge, Mass., company said April 28.

As a researcher at the University of Colorado, Gold has developed high-affinity aptamers, single-stranded nucleic acids that bind target molecules in a similar way to that of antibodies. He is the founder, chairman, and chief scientific officer at SomaLogic, which develops aptamers for proteomics and diagnostics. He previously founded Nexagen to develop aptamers for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. Nexagen merged with Gilead Sciences in 1999.

Wolfgang Fries has been appointed vice president global human resources at Qiagen, the company said last week. Fries will work from Qiagen’s European headquarters in Hilden, the Netherlands, and will be a member of the company’s executive committee.

Before joining Qiagen April 1, Fries served as vice president human resources at GDX Automotive, a subsidiary of GenCorp in Farmington Hills, Mich. He also has held human resources positions at Faurecia-SAI Automotive Audi.

Cepheid of Sunnyvale, Calif., appointed David Persing and Mitchell Mroz to its board of directors, the company said.

Persing is vice president of discovery research at Corixa and medical director of the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle. In 1992, Persing established and directed the molecular microbiology laboratory at Mayo Clinic.

Mroz is chairman of the board of Northrop Grumman’s Federal Credit Union and retired vice president and general manager of the company’s automation & information systems. Persing and Mroz join board members Cristina Kepner, Thomas Gutshall, John Bishop, Robert Easton, Dean Morton, Kurt Petersen, and Hollings Renton.


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