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Nanosphere has appointed Roy Davis to its board of directors. Davis worked for Johnson & Johnson for nearly three decades before he retired this January. Davis was president of J&J Development Corporation and VP of corporate development for the whole company.


XDx has named Peter Maag to be its president and CEO, effective immediately. Maag previously was president of Novartis Diagnostics, where he ran the company's blood screening business and created a strategy for the company's investment into developing diagnostics for transplantation, infectious disease, and prenatal care. He also was country president for Novartis Pharma in Germany and held other positions at Novartis after working at McKinsey and Company.

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