Sigma-Aldrich announced last week that Jai Nagarkatti, president of the company’s scientific research business unit, has been elected president and chief operating officer. He replaces David Harvey, who will continue as chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Three business units — scientific research, biotechnology, and fine chemicals — will now report to Nagarkatti.

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