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Reinhard Hiller, Jonathan Blackburn, Hessel Lindenbergh

Reinhard Hiller and Jonathan Blackburn have joined GenTel Biosciences’ scientific advisory board, the firm said this week.
Both scientists are involved in the Center for Proteomic and Genomic Research in Cape Town, South Africa, where Hiller currently serves as executive director. He previously developed antibody-profiling immunoassays while at VBC Genomics in Vienna. 
Blackburn, the research director of the CPGR, was recently appointed to a research chair in functional proteomics at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town beginning in January 2008. He previously served as chief scientist at Procognia, and was the founding scientist and chief scientific officer of Sense Proteomic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Procognia.

Agendia has named Hessel Lindenbergh chairman of its supervisory board. Lindebergh is chairman of NIB Capital’s supervisory board and is a board member at Royal Numico, Petroplus International, Gamma Holding, and the University Amsterdam

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