Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

People In The News: Dec 30, 2009

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Axel Nielsen, COO of Decode Genetics, has resigned from the company, effective Jan. 1, 2010. The firm disclosed the resignation in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week, but it did not say whether it intends to search for a replacement.


Julie Gerberding, who was director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2002 and 2009, has been named president of Merck Vaccines. Gerberding led CDC during a number of emergency response initiatives for bioterrorism, food-borne disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.


Andy Zaayenga has been named director of business development at HighRes Biosolutions.

He has been involved in life sciences automation at Tecan, SmarterLab, TekCel, and Zymark. He is a contributor to the Public Population Project in Genomics and an editor for the Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening.


David Macdonald has taken on the job of interim CEO at GeneLink BioSiences. He takes over the role from Monte Taylor, who has been serving as CEO of both GeneLink and its Genewize subsidiary, but who will now focus on growing the GeneWize business.

Macdonald was president and COO at Nichols Institute Diagnostics, and he later became VP at Quest Diagnostics. He also was CEO and director at AltheaDx, CEO and president at Nanomix, and VP of global and business development at Nanogen.


Promoted? Changing jobs? GenomeWeb wants to know. E-mail [email protected] to appear in People in the News, a weekly roundup of industry comings and goings.

The Scan

Study Links Evolution of Longevity, Social Organization in Mammals

With the help of comparative phylogenetics and transcriptomics, researchers in Nature Communications see ties between lifespan and social organization in mammals.

Tumor Microenvironment Immune Score Provides Immunotherapy Response, Prognostic Insights

Using multiple in situ analyses and RNA sequence data, researchers in eBioMedicine have developed a score associated with immunotherapy response or survival.

CRISPR-Based Method for Finding Cancer-Associated Exosomal MicroRNAs in Blood

A team from China presents in ACS Sensors a liposome-mediated membrane fusion strategy for detecting miRNAs carried in exosomes in the blood with a CRISPR-mediated reporter system.

Drug Response Variants May Be Distinct in Somatic, Germline Samples

Based on variants from across 21 drug response genes, researchers in The Pharmacogenomics Journal suspect that tumor-only DNA sequences may miss drug response clues found in the germline.