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Helge Bastian, Fran DiNuzzo, Jose Ordovas, Dennis Grimaud

Sigma-Aldrich has hired Helge Bastian to be vice president of global marketing in the company’s Research Biotech unit. Bastian formerly was executive vice president of life sciences services at SGS, and he held various positions at Qiagen, including vice president of global strategic marketing and VP of molecular diagnostics.

Fran DiNuzzo will take on the post of executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Strategic Diagnostics. DiNuzzo formerly was an executive in the BioAnalytical business unit at Agilent Technologies, serving as vice president and general manager of Chemical Solutions, the company’s services business, and its Integrated Biology Solutions business.

Jose Ordovas
has joined Progenika’s scientific advisory board. Ordovas specializes in the genetics of cardiovascular disease, has participated in the Framingham Heart Study for over twenty years, and sits on committees at the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, the company said.

Med BioGene has appointed Dennis Grimaud to its board of directors. Grimaud is CEO of Theragnostix Reference Laboratories and has 20 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in biotechnology and molecular diagnostics, including two years as CEO of Genaco Biomedical Products.

The Scan

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.

Team Presents Cattle Genotype-Tissue Expression Atlas

Using RNA sequences representing thousands of cattle samples, researchers looked at relationships between cattle genotype and tissue expression in Nature Genetics.

Researchers Map Recombination in Khoe-San Population

With whole-genome sequences for dozens of individuals from the Nama population, researchers saw in Genome Biology fine-scale recombination patterns that clustered outside of other populations.

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.