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William Sharp, Steven Stice

Aruna Biomedical announced this week that William Sharp has been named president and chief executive officer. Sharp has also been appointed to Aruna's board of directors. He succeeds Aruna founder Steven Stice,who will remain Aruna's chairman and chief scientific officer. 

Sharp most recently served as chief commercial officer of BioProcessors, a venture-financed life science tools developer based near Boston, Mass. Prior to BioProcessors, he was senior vice president of business development at Cellomics, vice president of business development at Gentra Systems, worldwide director for the molecular biology business of Life Technologies (now Invitrogen), and vice president of sales and marketing at Heraeus Instruments

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