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People in the News: May 1, 2009

PerkinElmer has appointed CEO and President Robert Friel to the additional job of chairman of its board of directors. The company said that the appointment is part of a leadership succession plan that it adopted in 2007. Friel succeeds Gregory Summe, who did not stand for re-election. Friel started at the company in 1999 as CFO and he was promoted to president and COO in 2007, and he took the CEO spot from Summe last year.

In addition, PerkinElmer this week appointed Frank "Andy" Wilson to serve as CFO and chief accounting officer. Wilson assumes his new role on May 18. He was vice president of investor relations at Danaher, and previous to that was CFO of one of the businesses of AlliedSignal.


Integrated Genomics has appointed Todd Smith, Michael Sadowsky, and Catalina Lopez-Correa to serve on its scientific advisory board. Smith is the founder and chief scientific officer of Geospiza; Sadowsky is the distinguished McKnight professor and co-director of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute at the University of Minnesota; and Catalina Lopez-Correa is VP of scientific affairs at Génome Québec.


Gene Network Sciences has named Robert Ruffolo, former president of Wyeth Research and Development, to its scientific advisory board. Ruffolo is still a consultant for Wyeth, and before he worked there he spent 17 years at SmithKline Beecham and six years at Lilly Research Laboratories.


John Rossi, co-founder of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, has been awarded the 2008 Cozzarelli Prize by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' Editorial Board. Rossi, who also is chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Dean of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope, received the award for work he outlined in a paper titled "MicroRNA-directed transcriptional gene silencing in mammalian cells."


Pacific Biometrics has tapped Amar Sethi to serve as VP of science and technology. Sethi has served as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and he currently has a clinical chemistry fellowship for the National Institutes of Health. Sethi will start in the new position this summer.


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