Svante Pääbo has been chosen as winner of the 2013 Genetics Prize of the Gruber Foundation, an accolade that includes a $500,000 award. Pääbo, who is director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, won the award because of his pioneering efforts in the field of molecular paleontology, which uses genomics technologies and approaches to study prehistoric life.
CombiMatrix announced that Chief Commercial Officer Mark McDonough will take over as CEO effective March 15. He succeeds Judd Jessup, who is retiring. McDonough joined CombiMatrix in August 2012 from Pathwork Diagnostics, where he was VP of sales, customer service, and training. He also has worked for US Labs, Dianon, Laboratory Corporation of America, EMC, and Ventana Medical Systems.