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People In The News: Jan 8, 2010

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Steve West, who currently is president of MDS Nordion and COO of MDS, will take over the CEO post at MDS, and he will serve on the firm's board of directors. MDS also said this week that Peter Dans, who is senior VP of Finance, will move into the CFO role, and that current executive VP and CFO Doug Prince will leave the company in March.

"We are working to establish MDS Nordion as a stand-alone business that continues to build its leadership positions in medical imaging and radiotherapeutics, and sterilization technologies," West, said in a statement.

MDS had announced in September that President and CEO Stephen DeFalco would step down from his position with the firm once it had completed the sale of its MDS Analytical Technologies and MDS Pharma Services businesses.

Accelrys has appointed Michael Piraino to be senior VP and CFO and Paul Burrin to be senior VP and chief marketing officer. Piraino formerly was co-founder and CFO of M2 Technology Partners and he was executive VP and CFO of Epicor Software. Burrin previously was responsible for sales, strategy, and services for Google's Asia Pacific business, and he worked in management at Oracle, Chordiant Software, and Hyperion Solutions.

The Genetics Society of America has named its 2010 board of directors. Paul Sternberg, a professor of biology at CalTech and a researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will serve as VP of the board. Mariana Wolfner, a professor of developmental biology at Cornell University, will be secretary.

The other directors include Elizabeth De Stasio, a professor of science and chair of biology at Lawrence University; Thomas Silhavy, a professor of molecular biology at Princeton University; Sue Jinks-Robertson, a professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at Duke University Medical Center; and Uptal Banerjee, who is a professor and chair of the department of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a researcher at HHMI.

John Burn, who is head of the Institute of Humana Genetics at Newcastle University, has received a knighthood for his contributions in Medicine, the BBC reported in early January. Burn helped to set up Newcastle's International Centre for Life, which in 2009 reported growing human sperm cells from stem cells.

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