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People In The News: Apr 23, 2010

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Accelrys said this week that it has appointed Todd Johnson to be executive VP of sales and marketing services, and that Ilene Vogt has departed the company and left her post as senior VP of worldwide sales and services. Johnson joined Accelrys in 2009 as interim CEO, and after the firm tapped Max Carnecchia to take the helm, Johnson stepped into the role of senior VP.

Kathie Olsen, former deputy director and COO of the National Science Foundation, has been appointed VP of international programs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

AdvaMed Dx has appointed Donal Quinn, who is CEO of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, to the firm's new board of directors. AdvaMed Dx, a division of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, is focused on the in vitro diagnostics industry.

Harvard University Professor Raju Kucherlapati will serve as an Obama Administration adviser on genetic and genomic issues in his role as a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

The commission will advise President Barack Obama on bioethical issues that may emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas, and it will work to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure that research, healthcare, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.

Kucherlapati is the Paul C. Cabot professor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics, and he is a professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital. A specialist in gene mapping, gene modification, and cloning disease genes, Kucherlapati also was the first scientific director of the HMS-Partners Healthcare Center for Genetics and Genomics.

Ambry Genetics said this week that Ardy Arianpour has been promoted to VP of business development from his previous position as director of business development.

The European Commission's ERA-NET PathoGenoMics initiative has named three winners of its 2010 outstanding Ph.D. theses awards. The winners include: Andreja Kovač from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Cristina Latasa from the Public University of Navarra, Spain; and Itay Tirosh from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

"The winners were chosen based on excellence in scientific quality and impact of the work, quality of publications and the theoretical approach underlying the research," ERA-NET PathoGenoMics' Coordinator Marion Karasch-Bott said in a statement.

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