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People in the News: Feb 10, 2009


Gyros moved Erik Walldén into the CEO and president positions, after he had served over the past year as acting CEO. Walldén previously has been CEO of Affibody Holding, CEO of Biacore International and Pyrosequencing, and he is a non-executive director of Exiqon, Proxeon, and VisEn Medical.

Strategic Diagnostics has appointed Monette Greenway to be VP of marketing and sales, and Robert Laffer to be sales manager for life sciences. Greenway will take over a spot that was left behind by Fran DiNuzzo, who was appointed CEO in November.

Greenway formerly was president of the Integrated Technologies Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, and she was a VP and GM at Invitrogen. Laffer previously was a regional sales manager at Panomics, and he was a global account executive for the BioPharma division of PerkinElmer’s Life and Analytical Sciences.

David Jorden has been named to the board of Cytomedix. He was most recently with Morgan Stanley's Private Wealth Management group where he was responsible for equity portfolio management for high net worth individuals. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jorden served as chief financial officer for Genometrix.

The Scan

Harvard Team Report One-Time Base Editing Treatment for Motor Neuron Disease in Mice

A base-editing approach restored SMN levels and improved motor function in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy, a new Science paper reports.

International Team Examines History of North American Horses

Genetic and other analyses presented in Science find that horses spread to the northern Rockies and Great Plains by the first half of the 17th century.

New Study Examines Genetic Dominance Within UK Biobank

Researchers analyze instances of genetic dominance within UK Biobank data, as they report in Science.

Cell Signaling Pathway Identified as Metastasis Suppressor

A new study in Nature homes in on the STING pathway as a suppressor of metastasis in a mouse model of lung cancer.