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People In The News: Jul 17, 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - James White has stepped down from his role as CEO of Osmetech and has resigned his position as a company director. Chris Gleeson and Faiz Kayyem, non-executive chairman and non-executive vice chairman, respectively, will serve as interim CEOs while the company seeks a replacement for White.

The Translational Genomics Research Institute's Heather Cunliffe will serve on the medical advisory board of the Marilyn B. Gula Mountains of Hope Foundation, a non-profit group that funds research into advanced-stage breast cancer. Cunliffe, who is a research assistant professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, also co-directs TGen's Molecular Characterization of Circulating Tumor Cells Project.

Deborah Stine has been named executive director of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Stine has been an S&T policy specialist with the Congressional Research Service, and she has served in various positions at the National Academies of Sciences.

Luminex has appointed Tim Dehne to be VP of systems research and development. Dehne comes to Luminex from National Instruments, where he was senior VP of R&D, and he worked in strategic marketing and engineering.

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week tapped Nicole Lurie to be assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Lurie recently was co-director of the RAND Corporation Center for Domesticated and International Health Security, and she spent several years with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She also was principal deputy assistant secretary of health at HHS.

"Her knowledge and expertise will be essential to ASPR and to the entire Department as we continue to develop and implement an action plan for a coordinated national response to the H1N1 virus," Sebelius said in a statement.

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