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People In The News: Nov 26, 2010

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Aushon BioSystems has appointed Sven Beushausen to be its new chief scientific officer. He joins the Billerica, Mass.-based microarray technologies firm from Pfizer, where he served as molecular medicine site leader. Beushausen also has held other senior scientific positions within Pfizer, as well as previously serving as director of manufacturing technologies for Invitrogen.

Irish biomarker-based diagnostics startup OncoMark said this week that Dara FitzGerald has been named CEO. He most recently served as commercial development associate of the National Digital Research Centre, and is a co-founder of PaxAlert, an IT company focused on digital risk management. FitzGerald also served as US Federal Liaison for Enterprise Ireland from 2007 to 2009.

Sias AG said this week that Andre Günter will take over as CEO as of Jan. 1, 2011. He succeeds Pius Fink, who will continue in his roles as chief technology officer and chairman of the board of directors. Günter has been COO of Sias, which makes robotic liquid handling platforms used for a variety of applications including genomics research, for the past two years. Previous to joining the firm, he served as CFO of Hilti AG in Spain.

Vivian Cheung, the William Wikoff Smith Chair of Pediatric Genomics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, received the Curt Stern Award of the American Society of Human Genetics at the association's recent annual meeting. The award recognizes scientists for major scientific achievements in human genetics during the preceding 10 years. Cheung, along with her collaborator and husband, the late Richard Spielman, were the first to show that variation in human gene expression is extensively inherited, and they developed methods to measure that variation.

Caris Life Sciences this week announced that it is expanding its staff at its labs in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Phoenix to speed commercialization efforts for its molecular diagnostic technology.

The firm appointed Andy Tasinato to serve as director of research at its R&D lab in Lausanne. He recently served as head of research for the University Hospital Lausanne and Bern. Caris also named Dan Holterman to the post of senior research scientist at its Phoenix facility.

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