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Peter Lundberg, Tony Smith, William Sullivan, Ned Barnholt


Peter Lundberg has joined Solexa as vice president and chief technical officer, the company announced this week. Lundberg will be responsible for all research and development activities at the company’s Hayward, Calif.-location.

Lundberg most recently served as vice president of DNA platforms R&D at the Applied Biosystems unit of Applera, where he held positions for 20 years.

He received his BS and MS degrees in engineering physics at Chalmers Technical University in Sweden. He holds an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Connecticut.

Solexa also announced that Tony Smith, who had served as the chief technology officer of Solexa, Ltd until its merger with Lynx, has been promoted to the role of vice president and chief scientific officer. Smith will continue to be responsible for all research and development activities in the UK and will now be the senior manager in the UK.

Smith was formerly vice president of R&D, UK, at Amersham Biosciences, where he also held R&D positions. Previously, he was an executive director of Gemini Genomics. Smith obtained both his BS in biochemistry and chemistry and his PhD in biochemistry from Nottingham University.

William Sullivan, the president and CEO of Agilent Technologies, will receive an annual salary of $850,000, the company said in a March 1 SEC filing.

Sullivan replaced CEO Ned Barnholt who retired this month. As executive vice president and COO of Agilent, Sullivan had a salary of $650,000.


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