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People in the News: Dec 14, 2010

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CombiMatrix has hired Tim Flores to be director of sales for CombiMatrix Diagnostics. Flores recently was director of corporate accounts at Ventana Medical Systems and he spent 16 years at Abbott Diagnostics in sales, marketing, and management.


RainDance Technologies has tapped Mark Dronsfield to be director of sales for Europe. Dronsfield formerly worked at Cell Biosciences where he was European sales director, and he spent time in leadership positions at Solexa (now part of Illumina), Affymetrix, and Applied Biosystems (now part of Life Technologies).

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Team Presents Benchmark Study of RNA Classification Tools

With more than 135 transcriptomic datasets, researchers tested two dozen coding and non-coding RNA classification tools, establishing a set of potentially misclassified transcripts, as they report in Nucleic Acids Research.

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