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People In The News: Feb 8, 2013

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh plans to leave his post at the end of March to accept an appointment as president of Carnegie Mellon University, NSF said this week.

Suresh was nominated to run the agency in 2010, and previously he was dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been on leave as an engineering professor at MIT while he has been directing NSF.


Carolyn Clancy plans to step down as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Clancy has directed AHRQ since Feb. 5, 2003, after earlier serving as Director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Clancy will serve until a successor is appointed. The position is not subject to Senate confirmation.


Bacterial typing systems developer PathoGenetix has hired Paul Krassnoff to be director of manufacturing. In the post, he will develop production and quality assurance systems for the firm's Genome Sequence Scanning System.

Krassnoff formerly was director of lab operations and manufacturing at Aushon Biosystems and he worked in the research ELISA, quality control, and OEM operations at Alpco Diagnostics, where he launched products for BioMerieux, Genzyme Diagnostics, and Baxter-Dade.


The Wellcome Trust has named Ted Bianco to serve as its acting director in the absence of Mark Walport, who is leaving to be the chief science adviser to the UK government.

Bianco currently is the director of the Wellcome Trust technology transfer office, which he started in 2002. Bianco is scheduled to take over the top spot at Wellcome Trust in March. Before joining the Trust, Bianco worked as a biomedical researcher studying tropical medicine and infectious disease at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.


Lance Price, a professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, has been named to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, which is chartered by the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service. He is director of the Center for Food Microbiology and Environmental Health in TGen's Pathogen Genomics Division, where he uses genomic epidemiology to study foodborne pathogens.


Chandler, Ariz.-based HealthTell has named David Smith vice president of operations. Smith previously held senior leadership positions at biotech firms including Affymetrix, 454 Life Sciences, and Codon Devices.


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