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People in the News: May 19, 2009

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WaferGen has named Robert Hariri to its board of directors and Lincoln McBride as a senior scientific advisor and member of its scientific advisory board, the firm said this week. Hariri is CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, part of Celgene. McBride has held positions at Applied Biosystems, PerkinElmer, and Fluidigm.

In connection with the appointments, Amjad Huda, WaferGen's chief financial officer and treasurer, and Victor Joseph, WaferGen's chief technology officer and secretary, will step down from their positions on the company's board of directors. Additionally, WaferGen said that Mona Chadha, former vice president of marketing and business development, has been promoted to interim chief operating officer and executive vice president of marketing and business development.


AltheaDx has appointed Eric Topol to serve on its scientific advisory board. Topol is currently director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. Topol formerly was a professor of genetics at the Case Western Reserve University and chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic for 15 years.


Wing Wong, a professor of statistics and of health research and policy at Stanford University, has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. Wong has authored over 100 papers on topics such as the analysis of array-generated gene expression data, identification of gene regulatory elements in developmental genomics, and the elucidation of genetic networks.

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