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People in the News: Nov 16, 2010


Foundation Medicine has appointed Maureen Cronin as its senior vice president of research and product development.

Cronin joins Foundation from Genomic Health, where she most recently served as vice president of translational research. Prior to Genomic Health, Cronin was senior director of applied genomics at Aclara Biosciences. She also worked at Affymetrix, where she managed contract research programs focused on developing assays for partners that included Hewlett Packard, Roche, and GlaxoWellcome.

Cronin holds a PhD in physiology and pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego.

John Bellano has resigned from his position as senior vice president of commercial operations at GenMark Diagnostics, the company said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week.

Bellano's responsibilities will be divided among Jennifer Williams, who has been promoted to senior VP of global operations; Jeff Hawkins, who has been promoted to senior VP of marketing and business development; and Mike Gleeson, who has been promoted to VP of US sales.

Tecan last week named Frederic Vanderhaegen to head its Life Sciences business. Vanderhaegen previously worked in management and sales at Millipore.

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.