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People in the News: Jan 27, 2009

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Gentel Biosciences has promoted Randall Durnell to executive vice president and chief operating officer, the firm said this week. Dan Clutter has been hired to fill the vice president of commercial operations role vacated by Durnell. Clutter joins Gentel from Roche NimbleGen, where he served as vice president of sales.

Prior to NimbleGen in 2004, Clutter held sales and marketing positions at several companies, including PerkinElmer, Invitrogen, and Applied Biosystems. He holds a PhD from Pennsylvania State University and a BS in biochemistry from Purdue University.


Scott Gottlieb, former US Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner, has joined the board of directors of CombiMatrix. Gottlieb is currently a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and also serves as an attending physician at Stamford Hospital.


Luminex last week said that executive VP and COO Douglas Bryant recently stepped down from his job in order to become president and CEO of diagnostics firm Quidel in San Diego.

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.