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Steven Smith, Albrecht Frauendorf, Kenneth Noonan


Micromirror array startup NimbleGen Systems of Madison, Wis., has hired Steven Smith as vice president of bioinformatics and Albrecht Frauendorf as senior director of DNA array manufacturing.

Smith comes to NimbleGen from his own bioinformatics consulting firm, Genesmith Informatics. He also has worked as manager of R&D and senior software engineer at Genetics Computer Group, where he led development of the Wisconsin Sequence Analysis Package, and served as the director of computation at the Harvard Genome Library, where he led the effort to sequence the Mycoplasma capricolum genome. Smith received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Illinois School of Engineering.

Frauendorf previously worked in a number of capacities at DNA microarray startup Protogene, supervising microarray manufacturing and scale-up. Frauendorf completed postdoctoral work at Northwestern University and received his PhD in biological chemistry from the University of Frankfurt.


Orchid BioSciences of Princeton, NJ, has re-appointed Kenneth Noonan, a partner at LEK Consulting LLP in London, to its board of directors. Noonan, who earlier served on Orchid’s board, replaces Anne VanLent, who resigned last year. Prior to joining LEK, Noonan served as senior vice president of corporate development for Applera, crafting business deals for both Celera and Applied Biosystems. He has also worked as a vice president and head of the European pharmaceutical practice for Booz-Allen & Hamilton. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from Princeton University.

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