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William Kruka, Michael Knapp, Bruce MacMillan, Ramesh Hariharan


Caliper Technologies of Mountain View, Calif., has named William Kruka vice president of business development. Kruka, who previously served as senior manager of business development at Applied Biosystems, will be responsible for building partnerships and alliances to more widely deploy Caliper’s LabChip microfluidics systems throughout the market.

At Applied Biosystems, Kruka structured and negotiated deals in the areas of mass spectrometry, sample prep, chromatography, and microfluidics. Before serving in this position at Applied Biosystems, Kruka worked at PerkinElmer, which subsequently renamed itself Applera. He was involved in the transition of this company from chemical analysis and life sciences provider to a pure-play life sciences operation.

The announcement of Kruka’s hiring follows on the heels of two other management changes — the company’s decision to appoint Michael Knapp, vice president of corporate development, as chief executive officer to replace Daniel Kisner, and the appointment of Bruce MacMillan as vice president and general counsel.


Ramesh Hariharan, chief technology officer of Strand Genomics in Bangalore, India, was recently named by the MIT Technology Review as one of the TOP 100 young innovators. Hariharan received his PhD from New York University in 1994, and has completed fellowships at the Max Plank Institute, Kings College, and Hong Kong University. Strand just released Soochika version 1.0, a bioinformatics product that is designed to be used for microarray vertical analysis.

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