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People in the News: Jan 13, 2009

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Heinz Blunier has been named chief operating officer at Febit, the company said this week.

Blunier previously served as head of the engineering department at Inventa; CEO of Tegimenta, a subsidiary of Hoffmann-La-Roche; and vice president and plant manager at Boehringer Mannheim.


Agendia has appointed Kurt Schmidt to serve as CFO, a position he will take over from John de Die. Schmidt previously was operations director at B2eMarkets, and he was director of finance and operations at LA Gear Europe.


Millipore has promoted Jon DiVincenzo to serve as president of its Bioscience division and to be a member of the company's corporate executive committee. DiVincenzo takes over the job from Dominique Baly, who left the position at the end of 2008. DiVincenzo has served as VP of global sales and service and as VP of marketing and R&D. Before joining Millipore he worked at Orion Research and at General Electric.


BioNanomatrix has hired Michael Kochersperger to take over the post of VP of engineering. Before joining the company, Kochersperger held the same title at New Brunswick Scientific, a division of Eppendorf, and he worked as director of SNP-IT genotyping R&D at Orchid Biosciences. Earlier on, he was a product manager at Applera, a team leader in protein sequencing at PerkinElmer, and he was involved in mass spectrometry studies at Applied Biosystems.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.