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Rick Burdsall, Marty Chuck, Judith Bandy, John Burke, Mark Forster, William Hayes, Jack Leunissen, Mahendra Navarange, Kevin Prime, Martin Widlake, Charlie Berger, Raf Podowski, Mary Arbelaez

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Rick Burdsall has been named vice president and chief information officer of Agilent. Burdsall was recently vice president of Agilent’s information technology solution services. He previously held marketing leadership positions at the company and at HP. Burdsall also has held positions in R&D, manufacturing, and marketing at Magnetic Peripherals, Lockheed Missiles and Space, and Avantek. He has a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA from San Jose State University. Burdsall replaces Marty Chuck who left Agilent earlier this year.


The Oracle Life Sciences User Group has elected its first board of directors. Members are: Judith Bandy, vice president of marketing, InforSense; John Burke, research software administrator, UCB Group; Mark Forster, chemical informatics systems team leader, Syngenta; William Hayes, associate director of research informatics, Biogen Idec; Jack Leunissen, professor of bioinformatics, Wageningen University; Mahendra Navarange, executive consultant, Atos Origin; Kevin Prime, director of quality assurance, Elsevier MDL; Martin Widlake, database services manager, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; Charlie Berger, senior director of product management, life sciences and data mining technologies, Oracle; Raf Podowski, senior product manager, life sciences, Oracle; and Mary Arbelaez, director of business development, Oracle.

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