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Gregg Fergus, Anthony Burgess-Cassler, Dindyal Ramkissoon

Gregg Fergus has joined NimbleGen’s board of directors, the company said this week.
Fergus formerly was senior vice president of sales and global operations at Affymetrix and was chief commercial officer at Cellular Dynamics and Stem Cell Products.
Fergus also has consulted for Caden Biosciences and was an executive in residence at Baird Venture Partners.

Anthony Burgess-Cassler has been named senior scientist at QuantRx's Corporate Research Center in Portland, Ore., the firm said this week.
Burgess-Cassler joined QuantRx from Calypte Biomedical. He holds a BS in chemistry from ValparaisoUniversity in Indiana and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Dindyal Ramkissoon has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing of CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics, CMDX's parent CombiMatrix said this week.
Ramkissoon will be responsible for leading CMDX’s marketing initiatives for its molecular diagnostics business and for assembling CMDX’s national sales organization.
He previously held similar positions at Applied Spectral-Imaging, Cyberonics, and Applied Imaging. Ramkissoob holds a BS in biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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