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Stephen Benoit, Tod Kombell, Joe DeRisi, Tom Tuschl, Greg Hannon, Evan Eichler, Stephen Quake, Thomas Williams, Peter Pulay

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Stephen Benoit has become vice president of sales and marketing, and Tod Kombell director of business development of Sciona, the Boulder, Colo.-based genetic testing company said last week. Previously, Benoit was a co-founder of NanoMed Pharmaceuticals. He holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Kimbell held management positions in product development at Whole Foods. He has a doctorate in geochemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas.


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute last week named 43 new investigators, chosen from almost 300 proposals in a nationwide competition. Among the new HHMI investigators are microbial microarray pioneer Joe DeRisi, an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of California, San Francisco; RNAi researchers Tom Tuschl, an associate professor at Rockefeller University, and Greg Hannon, a professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Evan Eichler, an associate professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle; and Stephen Quake, a professor of bioengineering at Stanford University.


Thomas Williams has joined Exagen Diagnostics as special advisor for molecular pathology, the Albuquerque, NM-based company said last week. He is the vice chairman of the department of pathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.


Peter Pulay has been appointed to the Mildred Cooper Chair in Bioinformatics Research at the University of Arkansas, the university said last week. The chair was created through a $750,000 gift from philanthropists John and Pat Cooper, and will be matched through the University of Arkansas Matching Gift Program. Pulay is a theoretical chemist who is currently developing parallel software programs to reduce the time needed to predict the properties of molecules.

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