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People in the News: Apr 9, 2010

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The National Human Genome Research Institute has tapped Lawrence Brody to serve as chief of the NHGRI Genome Technology Branch.

Brody currently serves as chief scientific officer of the Center for Inherited Disease Research, an NHGRI-affiliated facility operated by Johns Hopkins University. He started at NHGRI in 1993 and has served as head of the Genome Technology Branch's Molecular Pathogenesis Section and as co-director for a component of the Multiplex Initiative.

WaferGen Biosystems has hired Janet Lankard as vice president of worldwide sales and support. Lankard recently was VP of sales and technical collaborations at VisEn Medical, and she worked in executive-level sales posts at Applied Biosystems, Affymetrix, and at Quantum Dot.

Stratos Genomics has added Heiner Dreismann to its board of directors. Dreismann, who will be Stratos’ seventh director, formerly was CEO at Roche Molecular Diagnostics, where he also was business unit manager for PCR and microbiology.

Arrowhead Research has appointed cancer biologist and Nobel Prize winner Lee Hartwell to serve on its scientific advisory board. Hartwell is president of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and he won the Nobel Price in Medicine in 2001 for his cell cycle regulation research.

Biochip developer Silicon Kinetics said this week that Eric Topol and Rick Brown have joined its board of directors.

Topol is director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and chief academic officer at Scripps Health, and he formerly was provost and CAO at the Cleveland Clinic and founder of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Brown previously was CEO of MicroCal and VP of business development in Isis Pharmaceuticals’ genomics division.

Philip Awadalla has been appointed as scientific director of the CartaGene Project, which aims to study genomic factors in health and disease in more than 20,000 residents of Québec. He is a professor of pediatrics at the Université de Montréal and a researcher at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center.

Genetic Alliance has appointed Ann Waldo to serve as its senior counsel. Waldo will provide legal guidance to the non-profit genetics research and policy organization on issues such as privacy, gene patenting, genetic discrimination, newborn screening, and health information technology. She is a partner in the law firm of Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, where she specializes in legal issues dealing with privacy and information management.

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