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Robert Voelkner, Sir Richard Sykes, John McCarthy, Stephen Read, Guy della Cioppa


Robert Voelkner joins InnaPhase, a LIMS systems provider, as director of business development. Voelkner was formerly vice president of sales for Thermo Electron. Prior to that, he was director of worldwide sales for Beckman Coulter’s laboratory automation operation, acquired by InnaPhase in July. Voelker holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Scranton.

Former GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Sir Richard Sykes, who is the rector at London’s Imperial College, has joined Medeus Pharma, an enterprise created by the venture capital firm, Apax Partners, to provide biotech firms with sales and marketing services in Europe. Sykes is a non-executive director of Apax.

John McCarthy, the chief financial officer of Exact Science, has resigned to pursue other opportunities, the company said last week. Stephen Read, vice president and corporate controller, will assume the role of interim CFO while the company conducts a job search for a permanent replace. McCarthy will consult with the company during the transition, Exact said.

Guy della Cioppa joins Eclipse Diagnostics, Large Scale Biology's new diagnostics subsidiary, as senior vice president for business development. He joins Eclipse from NanoInk, where he was executive vice president of business development. Prior to that, he worked for LSBC. He holds a PhD in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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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.

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