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People in the News: Wayne Cowens, Charudutt Shah


Wayne Cowens, NanoString Technologies' chief medical officer, has passed away at the age of 67, the company announced last week.

Prior to joining NanoString in 2011, Cowens held senior positions at Genomic Health, Chiron, and Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals, the company said.

While NanoString searches for a new chief medical officer, the firm has put together a team to handle medical affairs, as well as to support regulatory and product development efforts.

Spartan Bioscience has appointed Charudutt Shah as its director of business development. In his new role, Shah will be responsible for expanding distribution of Spartan's RX CYP2C19 genotyping system in the US and abroad.

Before joining Spartan, Shah was the global marketing product manager for infectious disease products at Luminex. He has also worked at Life Technologies and Toxikon.

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