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Paired Ends: William Ericson, David Botstein, Gavin Wood, Nicolas Cartier

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Pacific Biosciences' shareholders have re-elected William Ericson and David Botstein to continue serving as members of its board of directors.

Botstein is director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and a professor at Princeton University, and he formerly was VP for science at Genentech. Ericson is a general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures.


Affymetrix has named Gavin Wood as its new chief financial officer. He will replace outgoing CFO Tim Barabe, who is set to leave the company on June 28.

Wood has worked for Affymetrix for seven years. He will be relocating to California from the UK to take over as CFO. He most recently served as vice president of finance, international controller, where he was responsible for Europe and Asia Pacific. Wood is a chartered accountant and prior to joining Affymetrix, he held positions at Unipart and Grant Thornton LLP.


BioMérieux has appointed Nicolas Cartier to be corporate VP of its Industrial Microbiology Unit. He also will become a member of the company's management committee. Cartier has been general manager of Sanofi France since 2009, and he held a number of other posts with Sanofi in its Southeast Asia, China, and Mexico City operations.

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