NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific said this week that Edison Liu and current company CSO, Analytical Technologies Klaus Lindpaintner have joined its scientific advisory board.

Liu is president and CEO of the Jackson Laboratory, he founded the Genome Institute of Singapore in 2001, and he was scientific director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Clinical Sciences for five years.

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