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Richard Wagner, Owen Dempsey, Arthur Beaudet, Ellen Beasley, Keith Joho, Jeff Otto, Tom Ranken, John Fazio

Richard Wagner has joined SRU Biosystems as president and CEO, the company said last week. Wagner has also been named a member of the board of directors.
Wagner replaces Owen Dempsey, who resigned from the company to pursue other interests. Wagner had previously been an advisor to SRU Biosystems since 2002. Before that he served as executive vice president of research at Praecis Pharmaceuticals. He also has held positions at Phylos and Gilead Sciences.
Wagner holds a BSc in biochemistry from Trinity College and a PhD in chemistry from Brown University.

Arthur Beaudet, chair and professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, has won the American Society of Human Genetics’ Allan Award.
Beaudet's work is focused on epigenetics in human disease and genomic imprinting and diseases associated with mental retardation and autism.

Perlegen last week said it has tapped three new executives to join its staff:  Ellen Beasley, Keith Joho, and Jeff Otto.
Beasley will join the company as vice president of project management. She comes to the company from Celera, where she held the posts of senior director of therapeutics alliances, senior director of bioinformatics, and director of gene discovery.
Joho steps in as chief information officer after serving as senior VP of research and product management at Ingenuity Systems, and as VP of informatics and bioanalytical operations at SurroMed. Joho also was director of bioinformatics at Abgenix also served at Roche and at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans.
Otto will take over the role of VP of production operations after having been an executive at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals and at Sequenom.

Tom Ranken plans to give up his role as CEO of VizX Labs and move into a post on the company’s board of directors, while John Thompson will take over the top spot, Ranken said in a letter last week.
Ranken said Thompson has “extensive experience in leadership roles” in a variety of businesses, including working in “venture capital, asset recovery, retail, information technology, financial services, distribution and production.”

Sequenom has appointed John Fazio to its board of directors. Fazio formerly was senior general practice partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he had a 35-year career.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.