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Susan Strong, Mary Ann Guerra, Haseeb Chaudhry, Darryl Ray, Kalypsys Integrated Screening Systems, Ibidi s -Dish, and Beckman Coulter s Fly-By Bar Code Reader



Fisher subsidiary Dharmacon has hired Susan Strong as vice president of marketing, CBA News learned last week.

Strong most recently worked as an independent consultant, primarily for the US branch of Swiss bioinformatics firm GeneData. Prior to that, she was vice president for sales and marketing at Genomica. She has also served as vice president of marketing for Dionex, and held various marketing and field positions for 14 years at Hewlett-Packard. Strong holds an MS in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina.

Mary Ann Guerra has been promoted to chief operating officer of the Translational Genomics Research Institute of Phoenix, Ariz., TGen said last week. Previously, she was TGen's senior vice president of operations. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of the Matthews Media Group. Guerra holds a BA in communications from Ohio State University and an MBA in science, innovation, and technology from George Washington University.

As part of Alpha Innotech's recent reverse merger with Xtrana, Haseeb Chaudhry has become chief executive officer and Darryl Ray president, chief operating officer, and acting chief financial officer of the merged company, Alpha Innotech. The following were appointed as members of the board of directors: Haseeb Chaudhry, Darryl Ray, Nagesh Mhatre, and William Snider. In addition, two continuing directors of Xtrana, Michael Bick and James Chamberlain, have joined the board.



Kalypsys said last week that it has expanded its Kalypsys Integrated Screening Systems product offerings to include smaller configurations. The company currently manufactures fully automated, high-throughput screening systems with 1,536-well format that are capable of screening more than 1 million compounds a day, Kalypsys said. Specifically, Kalypsys said, the new systems will have new compound profiling capabilities and an automated protein production and purification system to provide "improved flexibility" for drug discovery efforts.

Ibidi said last week that it has launched the µ-Dish, a Petri dish that allows cells to be cultured, manipulated, and imaged on the same dish.

The surface of the µ-Dish is specially treated and exhibits enhanced cell growth as tested with over 20 cell lines and primary cell cultures, ibidi said. Due to its thin bottom, the dish is well-suited for high-resolution microscopy using any technique, the company said.

Beckman Coulter last week announced the availability of the Fly-By Bar Code Reader for positive sample identification and microplate tracking during processing. The new reader tracks a sample as it moves through a process, confirms the identification and location, and creates a traceable data trail. It is ideal for a wide range of drud-discovery research applications including primary and secondary screening, and pre-clinical labs, Beckman said.


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