NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has appointed Jackie Hunter to be its chief executive, UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said this week.

Hunter currently is chief executive of OI Pharma Partners. She formerly led GlaxoSmithKline's external science management strategy as head of science environment development, which entailed building public-private research initiatives.

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