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People In The News: Feb 1, 2013

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Former Applied Biosystems President Cathy Burzick has been elected to Becton Dickinson's board of directors. Burzik most recently was president, CEO, and director of Kinetic Concepts. She currently is chair of the board of directors at VitaPath Genetics, a member of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board, and she is chair of the Canisius College board of trustees.

Cambridge, UK-based molecular diagnostics company Lumora has tapped Hayden Jeffreys to be its commercial director. Jeffreys previously was divisional director of diagnostic products at Lab21, and he has held posts at Gen-Probe, Molecular Light Technology, and Invitron. He will help Lumora further commercialize its molecular testing technologies, including its bioluminescent assay in real time, or BART, which has been licensed to 3M for in vitro molecular testing in food and beverages as part of the 3M Molecular Detection System.

DNA sequencing technology developer ZS Genetics said this week that Bill Ward has joined the company as president and chief operating officer. Ward was the founder, president, and CEO of ALIS, an ion-beam microscope maker, and he founded and served as senior VP and chief technical officer of Micrion, another ion microscope company.

Cepheid said this week that John Reed has joined the company as vice president of manufacturing.

Cepheid CEO John Bishop disclosed the new hire during a conference call recapping the company's fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 financial results. Bishop said that Reed joins Cepheid from Advantis Medical Systems, where he served as chief operating officer for the past five years. Prior to that he held several executive roles with Agilent and Applied Biosystems, now part of Life Technologies.

Gyros said this week that it has appointed Henrik Bjorkman chief technology officer and vice president of technical affairs. Previously, Bjorkman was director of MicroCal R&D at GE Healthcare Life Sciences.

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