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People In The News: Oct 22, 2010

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genome Canada has appointed Pierre Meulian to be president and CEO, a job he assumed earlier this week. Meulien, who replaces interim President and CEO Dale Patterson, is stepping down from his post as chief scientific officer of Genome BC to take on the new position. Patterson will continue his work in the role of VP of Genome Canada's external relations.

For more on Meulian's plans for Genome Canada, please see today's article in GenomeWeb Daily News.

CombiMatrix has appointed Daniel Forche to be senior VP of sales and marketing. Forche comes to CombiMatrix from Agendia, where he held the same title as his new post, and before that he worked in marketing and sales at Ventana Medical Systems and at Abbott Laboratories' Diagnostics Division.

Paul Miller, a law professor at the University of Washington, an advisor to two White Houses, and a champion for rights for the disabled and for legal protections against genetic discrimination, died this week at age 49.

Miller served as a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society as it worked on issues such as genetic testing ethics and regulations and genetic discrimination.

Miller served as an adviser and a liaison on disability issues and a range of other matters for the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and he served on the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Susan Lindquist, a researcher at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, was named a winner of the National Medal of Science by US President Barack Obama.

Lindquist, who also is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, was cited for her studies on protein folding, and the demonstration that alternative protein conformations and aggregations can provide information about disease, evolution, and biology.

Lindquist is expected to receive the medal at a White House ceremony next month.

Wilbert Keon has retired from his position as a director at Med BioGene, where he has served since 2004. Keon was a professor and chair of the University of Ottawa Department of Surgery for 15 years.

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