Vance Vanier has been appointed as president and CEO of Navigenics. He joined the company as chief medical officer in April of 2008. Prior to that, he was a partner at venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he focused on bringing new genomic technologies into clinical practice. Vanier is also a clinical faculty member of Stanford University Medical Center.
Watt Webb will receive the Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics from the National Academy of Sciences at a ceremony on April 25. Webb, a professor of applied physics and engineering at Cornell University and a scientific advisor of Pacific Biosciences, is being honored for "pioneering the applications of rigorous physical principles to the development of optical tools that have broadly impacted our ability to examine biological systems." The award, which recognizes contributions from an outstanding biophysicist, carries a $20,000 prize.