Caliper Life Sciences has named Thomas Higgins as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, the Hopkinton, Mass.-based company said last week. The appointment will become effective in early January 2005.

Higgins currently serves as executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer for VI Technologies. Prior to this, he held various positions at Cabot Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Higgins holds a BBA from Boston University.

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