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Matthew Fust, Swami Swaminathan


Matthew Fust has joined Affymetrix spinoff Perlegen Sciences as the company’s first chief financial officer. Fust served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at drug delivery pioneer Alza, prior to its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 200l. Before joining Alza in 1996, Fust was a management consultant at Accenture’s healthcare strategy practice. He received his MBA from Stanford University.

Perlegen CEO Brad Margus said Fust was hired as part of the company’s effort to develop collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry and pursue its own research. Perlegen is using whole wafers of Affymetrix microarrays to compare 50 different human genomes and isolate common patterns of genetic variation.

Millennium Pharmaceuticals’ chief technology officer, Mike Pavia, is leaving the company after five years to become entrepreneur-in-residence at Oxford Bioscience Partners. “It’s time to go out and help incubate the next generation of technologies,” Pavia said in an e-mail to BioArray News’ sister publication GenomeWeb. Pavia will remain a consultant to Millennium.

Microarray software company Strand Genomics of Bangalore, India, has appointed Swami Swaminathan to its scientific advisory board. Swaminathan is senior director of structural chemistry at Gilead and one of the primary authors of the CHARMM software. He is well known for his work in molecular dynamics and is an expert in docking and structural chemistry, the company said.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.