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People in the News: Apr 13, 2010

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OncoMethylome Sciences' board of directors has named Jan Groen to serve as the company's chief executive officer.

Groen was previously the president and chief operating officer of Agendia, responsible for the firm's US and European operations. He was also vice president of research and development of Quest subsidiary Focus Diagnostics, and has held numerous management and scientific positions at ViroClinics, the Erasmus Medical Center, and Akzo-Nobel.


Stratos Genomics has added Heiner Dreismann to its board of directors. Dreismann, who will be Stratos’ seventh director, was formerly CEO at Roche Molecular Diagnostics, where he also was business unit manager for PCR and microbiology.


Biochip developer Silicon Kinetics said that Eric Topol and Rick Brown have joined its board of directors.

Topol is director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer at Scripps Health, and he formerly was provost and CAO at the Cleveland Clinic and founder of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Brown previously was CEO of MicroCal and vice president of business development in Isis Pharmaceuticals' genomics division.

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