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People In The News: Apr 8, 2011

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GenMark Diagnostics has appointed Hany Massarany to be president and CEO and a member of the board of directors. Massarany formerly was president of Ventana Medical Systems and head of Roche Tissue Diagnostics, and he worked in executive management at Bayer Diagnostics and Chiron Diagnostics in the Asia Pacific and US regions.

Fluidigm has appointed Evan Jones to be a class I director until its 2011 stockholder meeting, and he will serve as a member of the compensation committee of the firm's board of directors. Jones is a co-founder of Digene and he currently is an executive chairman at OpGen and a managing member of jVen Capital, a life sciences investment company.

CombiMatrix said this week that Marty Felsenthal, a partner with HLM Venture Partners, has joined its board of directors. HLM participated in a private placement of $6.7 million in CombiMatrix shares this week.

The Jackson Laboratory said this week that it has named JoAnne Ruh to be its new chief information officer. Ruh formerly was CIO at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and worked at the Nevada Cancer Institute. She will take over the position from current CIO Scott McNeil, who is retiring after eight years in the position.

The American College of Medical Genetics has elected four new directors, all of whom began their terms at the beginning of the month. Gail Herman, who is the new president-elect of the board, is an investigator at the Center for Molecular & Human Genetics at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a professor at The Ohio State University. The three other new directors include Mira Irons of Children's Hospital of Boston, who is ACMG clinical genetics director; Christa Lese Martin of Emory University School of Medicine, who is cytogenetics director; and Soma Das of the University of Chicago, who is molecular genetics director. All of the new directors will serve six-year terms through 2017.

The UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has appointed three new members to the BBSRC Council. The new members include Russell Foster, Michael Goosey, and Will West. These appointees will take over for retiring members Malcolm Weir and Quintin McKellar and to fill a vacancy.

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