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People in the News: Dec 9, 2008

Lewis Rumpler has joined Signature Genomic Laboratories as vice president of business development.
Rumpler previously served as chief operating officer of the Institute for Systems Medicine Planning Authority, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the Institute for Systems Medicine, a biomedical research institute. He was also CEO of Pacific Northwest Biotechnology
Rumpler holds a BS in cellular and molecular biology and a BA in zoology from the University of Washington.

BioNanomatrix has named Gary Zweiger as vice president of business development. Zweiger formerly was senior director of business development at Affymetrix, and he has served in the same position for Applied Biosystems’ Cell and Molecular Biology division. He also worked in business development at Agilent Technologies, and he performed a fellowship at Genentech

Ronald Lowy has taken over as CEO at Helicos BioSciences for Steve Lombardi, who will stay on in his roles as president of the company and member of the board of directors. Lowy has served on the board since November 2007, a post he will retain. He previously served as president and CEO of Fisher Biosciences, a division of Fisher Scientific, and held management positions at GE Medical Systems.
Lombardi will now focus his efforts on commercializing the company’s HeliScope system product line.

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