WuXi Nextcode has appointed Rob Brainin as its executive vice president and chief operating officer. Brainin joins the company from Illumina, where he was vice president and general manager of life sciences and applied genomics for more than 15 years. Brainin also led business units at Invitrogen, Life Technologies, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Prior to that, he held leadership positions at Gateway Computing.
Felice Schnoll-Sussman has been elected a director at Interpace Diagnostics, where she will serve on the firm's audit committee. She will be a Class II director and her term expires in 2018. Schnoll-Sussman is an associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she is the director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health. She also is associate attending physician in gastroenterology at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Molecular biologist and former software developer James Ostell has been named director of the US National Center for Biotechnology Information, within the National Library of Medicine. This represents a promotion for Ostell, who previously headed NCBI's Information Engineering Branch. He has been with NCBI since its inception in 1988.
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