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Michael Heller, John Young, Huse Bondesson, Anthony John Bartlett.


Nanogen of San Diego recently announced that Michael Heller, the company’s chief technical officer and co-founder, is leaving his position to take a job as a professor at an unnamed university.

Heller will remain an exclusive consultant to Nanogen. The company did not announce a replacement.

Fluidigm of South San Francisco has appointed John Young, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, to its board of directors.

Young served as president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1978 to 1992, and held the position of co-chairman of the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology from 1993 to 2001. Currently, Young is chairman of the board of Agere Sustems, the former microelectronics division of Lucent Technologies. He also sits on the boards of Affymetrix, Ciphergen, GlaxoSmithKline, Chevron, and Lucent Technologies.

This announcement closely follows the microfluidics company’s name change from Mycometrix.

Gyros of Uppsala, Sweden has appointed Huse Bondesson as vice president of marketing.

Bondesson joins this fledgling compact disc protein chipmaker after serving as Amersham Pharmacia Biotech’s marketing director for proteomics, and also as product manager in drug discovery for Biacore.

PamGene of Den Bosch, the Netherlands, has appointed Anthony John Bartlett as vice president of Marketing. Bartlett joins PamGene from Affymetrix, where he was the European sales manager. The company said it hopes to leverage Bartlett’s expertise in the microarray marketing world as it launches its second-generation porous arrays in the US market.

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