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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

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.