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Thomas Higgins, Stevan Jovanovich, and Charles Swindell


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.

Stevan Jovanovich, former vice president of global research at Amersham Biosciences, has been named president and CEO of Microchip Biotechnologies of Fremont, Calif., a startup that last month received a $6.1 million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute to develop a DNA sequencing technology.

Charles Swindell joined Phyton Biotech of Ithaca, NY, as vice president of research and development, the plant cell culture technology company said last week. Swindell will manage the transition of Phyton, a subsidiary of DFB Pharmaceuticals, into a fully integrated biotechnology company. Swindell previously was chairman of the department of chemistry at Bryn Mawr College.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.