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Vance Randy White, Howard Birndorf, Vivian Cheung, Terry Allread, Patricia Gray.


Nanogen recently announced that Vance Randy White had been appointed chief executive officer and would replace company founder Howard Birndorf, who will remain chairman of the company’s board, a move that has signaled Nanogen’s efforts to accelerate its entry into the clinical diagnostics arena. White was most recently executive vice president of technical operations at American Medical Laboratories, a clinical reference laboratory.

Vivian Cheung has been named the recipient of the William Wikoff Smith Endowed Chair in Pediatric Genomic Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Cheung, a pediatrician and molecular geneticist, is known for her work in building and using DNA microarrays. She is also a leader of the BAC Resource Consortium, a team of scientists that recently produced a research tool linking the DNA sequences published by the Human Genome Project with chromosome band patterns seen in microscopes. The William Wikoff Smith Charitable Trust gave a $1 million gift to establish the chair.

GeneMachines has added two executives to its management team. Terry Allread will join the company as vice president of manufacturing, and Patricia Gray will take a position as vice president of development. The new appointments reflect a growth in the company’s sales and number of products.

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