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John Murphy, John Roush, Robert Friel, Bjrn Ekstrm, Claire Fraser, Steven Salzberg, Bill Linton, Joe Keegan, Peter Coggins


John Murphy has been promoted to executive vice president and COO of PerkinElmer, a new position, the company announced. Most recently, he was president of PE’s optoelectronics business. In this position, he was replaced by John Roush, who used to be vice president of product management and global sales and customer operations for optoelectronics. Also, Robert Friel has been promoted to executive vice president for business development and CFO. He has been PE’s CFO since 1999.

Björn Ekström has become CEO of Olink Bioscience, a Swedish company focusing on protein analysis technology that was founded in September. Previously, he was EVP and head of R&D at Pyrosequencing. He also held several positions within the R&D department at Amersham Biosciences and Pharmacia Biotech.

Claire Fraser and Steven Salzberg have become fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute for Genome Research said last week. Fraser, who is president of TIGR, was honored for her efforts in the field of genomics, particularly in the sequencing and analysis of microbial genomes. Salzberg, TIGR’s senior bioinformatics director, was cited for new algorithms in bioinformatics, particularly for prokaryotic gene-finding algorithms, and for novel contributions to the analysis of multiple prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes.

Bill Linton, chairman and CEO of Promega, has been elected chairman of the Analytical and Life Science Systems Association, a molecular-biology tools industry trade group. Linton succeeds Joe Keegan of Molecular Devices. Peter Coggins, president of PerkinElmer’s Life and Analytical Sciences unit, was elected vice chairman and chairman-elect of the group.


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