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People in the News: Jan 29, 2010

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom has appointed Wolfgang Holzgreve to its clinical advisory board. Holzgreve currently is director and chairman of the board of directors at the University Hospital Freiburg, Germany, and he formerly was chairman of the department and chief of service at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Basel.

CombiMatrix has tapped Mark McGowan to serve on its board of directors. McGowan is the managing member of SAF Capital Management, and he co-founded and served as managing partner of MPG Capital Management.

Michael Hayden has joined MedBiogene's board of directors. He is a professor of medical genetics at the University of British Columbia as well as the director of the Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics in Vancouver, the Canadian firm said last week. Hayden was a founder, director, and chief medical adviser of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals. He is also a director and chief scientific officer of Xenon Pharmaceuticals.

RTS Life Science has named Richard Carpenter as its mid-Atlantic sales manager in the US. Prior to joining Manchester, UK-based RTS, Carpenter worked for Labcyte and Tecan.

Reece Hart has joined the University of California, Berkeley, as chief scientist of the Genome Commons, a project to develop a collection of open tools to help individuals interpret their own genomes. Hart joins the project, which was founded by Steven Brenner and is based in the Berkeley Center for Computational Biology, as a Celera-TCS Innovation Fellow. He joins from Genentech, where he has worked since 2001.

Watt Webb will receive the Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics from the National Academy of Sciences at a ceremony on April 25. Webb, a professor of applied physics and engineering at Cornell University and a scientific advisor of Pacific Biosciences, is being honored for "pioneering the applications of rigorous physical principles to the development of optical tools that have broadly impacted our ability to examine biological systems." The award, which recognizes contributions from an outstanding biophysicist, carries a $20,000 prize.

The Ontario Genomics Institute has appointed four new members to serve on its board of directors. The new board members include: Paul Lucas, president and CEO of GlaxoSmithkline in Canada; Roderick McInnes, director of research of the Jewish General Hospital Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research; Gregg Szabo, VP of specialty products at Merck Frosst Canada in Toronto; and James Tiedje, director of the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University.

The Genetics Society of America has named its five 2010 award recipients for distinguished service in the field of genetics.

"This year's awards illustrate the power of basic research on nonhuman organisms as a pathway to understanding human biology, health, and disease," GSA Director Sherry Marts said in a statement.

The winners include: Alexander Tzagoloff of Columbia University for research into the biogenesis and function of the mitochondrial respiratory chain; Thomas Cline of the University of California, Berkeley, who studies sex determination and developmental genetics in the fruit fly; Barbara Meyer, also of the UC-Berkeley, for her studies of sex determination in the roundworm in efforts to determine fundamental principles of developmental biology; William Gelbart of Harvard University for creating and maintaining FlyBase, a database of information on the Drosophila genome and related information; and Uptal Banerjee of the University of California, Los Angeles, for having a significant and sustained impact on genetics education for undergraduate and graduate students.

Richard Walsh will retire from his position as VP and chief administrative officer at PerkinElmer. Walsh's retirement will take effect on March 31, 2010.

The Genome Analysis Centre has added four new faces to its staff. Kristen McLay came to TGAC from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute as sequencing operations manager, and Melanie Febrer, from the John Innes Centre, will lead the library construction team. Mark Alston has joined the company's bioinformatics team from the Institute of Food Research, and Xingdong Bian has been hired to implement web-based interfaces.

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