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People In The News: Jul 5, 2013

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has appointed Susan Gregurick to direct its Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology. The BBCB has a budget of $230 million, which it uses to fund research and training to connect biology with computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physics.

Gregurick previously was acting director of the US Department of Energy’s Biological Systems Science Division, where she developed and managed the DOE Systems Biology Knowledgebase. She also oversaw bioinformatics and high-performance computing at the DOE Joint Genome Institute and Bioenergy Research Centers, and earlier in her career she was a professor of computational biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

GeneNews has appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Leslie Auld to serve on its board of directors. Auld has been with the company since 2010. She previously worked at Luminex Diagnostics (formerly TM BioScience) as senior director of finance.

Accelerate Diagnostics has tapped Pete Bantock to be its chief commercialization officer. Bantock previously was senior VP and GM of Ventana Medical Systems’ North American commercial operations, and he was GM of Spring Bioscience, a division of Ventana, now part of Roche. He also was manager of South African commercial operations for Abbott Labs’ Diagnostics Division.

HealthTell has appointed Ted Tarasow vice president of product development. Previously, Tarasow was vice president of research and development at Tethys Bioscience. Before that, he held senior leadership positions in organizations including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Invenux, and Nexstar Pharmaceuticals.

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