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People in the News : Aug 21, 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Kathy Hudson, director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University, will leave the center to join National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins as his chief of staff. Current GPPC Deputy Director Joan Scott will take over the directorship role from Hudson, who had previously worked with Collins at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Scott formerly was director of Gene Logic's biorepository, ran a genetic counseling program at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, and was president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Christian Henry will step into the newly created position of senior VP of corporate development at Illumina. Henry is currently CFO of the company, and he will retain that role until the company finds a replacement.

In the new position, he will be responsible for all activities related to corporate and business development, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

Henry "successfully led our sequencing business for more than 14 months and demonstrated both his interest and capability to assume broader operating responsibilities," Illumina's president and CEO, Jay Flatley, said in a statement.

Stephen Davis will become chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Davis was recruited to Maryland from Vanderbilt University, where he was spent 20 years and was director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism and director of the General Clinical Research Center. Davis will lead eleven departments and one specialized center.

David Barker, former CSO at Illumina, and Lynne Kielhorn, a founder of Nanodrop, will serve as advisors to nucleic acids analysis toolmaker Helixis.

"As we prepare for the launch of our first commercial product, the expertise of these two industry leaders gives us access to a wealth of knowledge," Helixis CEO, Alex Dickinson, said in a statement.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center this week said it has named John Weinstein, chair of the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, to serve on its newly formed TACC Board of Visitors.

Pete Domenici, the former six-term US senator from New Mexico, has joined the board of directors at the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe, NM.

Domenici "will provide a strong, anchoring presence on our board, representing the founding mission of our organization," Stephen Kingsmore, NCGR's CEO and president, said in a statement.

Vistagen has named Shawn Singh its new CEO, a role he will take over from company founder Ralph Snodgrass, who will continue to serve as president and chief scientific officer.

Singh was managing principal of Cato BioVentures, and he has served in executive and board positions at a number of companies including Echo Therapeutics, Durham Pharmaceuticals, Artemis Neuroscience, and Hemodynamic Therapeutics.

The National Cancer Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology has appointed Caterina Lasome to be chief of the CBIIT Informatics Branch.

Lasome is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel who has been chief of healthcare informatics and inpatient requirements for the Military Health System and chair of the NATO Chiefs of the Military Medical Services Medical Communications and Information Systems.

Frank Brown will join the board of directors of the BioIT Alliance. Brown is senior VP and CSO at Accelrys, which is one of the BioIT Alliance's founding members.

GeneLink has tapped Jim Monton to serve on its board of directors. Monton, who will work on the audit and compensation committees, worked in the health and beauty care arena for Proctor & Gamble and he currently is on the boards of Northern Kentucky University's Business School and the International Business Center.

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