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People In The News: Apr 16, 2010

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – OncoMethylome Sciences has named Jan Groen to take over as CEO. Groen formerly was president and COO of Agendia, and he was VP of R&D at Quest's Focus Diagnostics subsidiary.

Cancer molecular diagnostics company Allegro Diagnostics has tapped Duncan Whitney to serve as VP of R&D. Whitney has formerly worked in executive scientific positions at Exact Sciences, US Genomics, and Progenika

TrovaGene, formerly called Xenomics, has appointed the members of its scientific advisory board. The advisors include Riccardo Dalla-Favera, director of the Institute for Cancer Genetics and Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University; Brunangelo Falini, director of the Institute of Hematology at The University of Perugia in Italy; and Sinuhe Hahn, head of research and prenatal medicine at the University of Basel, Switzerland. The company said that it plans to expand its SAB by four to five members over the next several months.

Morris Lamdin, a co-founder of the Center for Human Genetics in Bar Harbor, Me., died on April 1 at the age of 88, according to the Bangor Daily News. Lamdin was a pediatrician who practiced privately in nearby Ellsworth for 20 years.

XCellerex has hired former Thermo Fisher Scientific VP of Corporate Development Guy Broadbent to succeed Joseph Zakrzewski as president and CEO of the vaccine technologies company. Broadbent also worked at Thermo Fisher as president of its Laboratory Products division.

Next-generation data storage and analysis start-up DNAnexus has named its management team and its scientific advisory board, which include company Co-founders Arend Sidow, who is director of computation at the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, and Serafim Batzoglou, who studies sequence analysis and comparative genomics as an associate professor at Stanford. The SAB includes Stanford Professor Mike Snyder, who also is director of the school's genomics center.

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