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Paired Ends: Ronnie Andrews, Natalia Alexandrova, Evgeni Selkov

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Life Technologies has appointed Ronnie Andrews as president of medical sciences. Previously, he served as CEO of Clarient, where he helped integrate the company when it was acquired by GE Healthcare. He was also segment leader of GE Molecular Diagnostics. Before that, he was senior vice president of global marketing and commercial business operations at Roche Molecular Diagnostics.


Startup Genome Designs has announced several members of its management team (see story, this issue). Natalia Alexandrova will serve as the company's CEO. She was previously the marketing director of Ariadne Genomics and has also served as marketing director of Aladdin. She holds an MS in molecular biology from Moscow State University's School of Biology, and a BA in film directing from the Russian State Film School.

Evgeni Selkov is the company's chief scientific officer. Previously he was the founder and CEO of EMP Project. He was also a co-founder and senior scientific officer at Encyclopedia Genomica and a senior scientist of mathematics and computer science at Argonne National Laboratory. He holds a PhD from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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