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People In The News: Jun 25, 2010

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cheryl Moore has been appointed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to serve as its first chief operating officer. In the post, Moore will lead collaborative strategic efforts and will manage a range of operational functions. She has served as CCO for the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va., since 2004, and before that she was senior VP and COO at the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research.

Millipore Corporate VP and CFO Charles Wagner has joined Bruker Energy and Supercon Technologies' (BEST) board of directors as an independent director and as a member of the BEST board audit committee. Wagner has been corporate VP for strategy and corporate development at Millipore and he was a manager and consultant at Bain and company. BEST is a subsidiary of Bruker.

RainDance Technologies has tapped Alan Sherr to serve as VP and chief intellectual property counsel. Sherr previously was VP and chief intellectual property counsel at Helicos BioSciences and he was senior IP counsel and VP of licensing at Affymetrix.

Agricultural biotech company SG Biofuels has appointed Eric Malthur to be VP of molecular agronomics and scientific affairs. Malthur was VP of agricultural solutions at Synthetic Genomics, where he helped to create the firm's California lab and worked on the plant biotechnology, environmental microbiology, and bioinformatics research teams.

Caris Life Sciences has named Dominic Moorhead to be president of the company's European operations. Moorhead has spent 26 years in finance and operations management expertise in the European healthcare market, including serving as CFO of Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Genetic Technologies has appointed Lewis Stuart to be GM of its North American Molecular Diagnostics business, a new division that will be established in the Eastern US. Stuart recently was senior VP of commercial operations at CV Therapeutics, and he worked in senior sales and marketing jobs at Agouron Pharmaceuticals.

Shane Lyons will be AB Sciex's VP of Americas sales, support, and customer service operations. Lyons recently was global VP of sales and marketing for GenVault, and before that he worked for Applied Biosystems for a dozen years. He also previously worked at Abbott Laboratories.

As part of a restructuring plan, Febit said this week that CEO and President Cord Staehler has resigned and joined Siemens Healthcare, and he has been replaced by co-CEOs Hartmut Voss and Jochen Kohlhass, who also will continue to serve as Febit's CFO.

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