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Kolli Prasad, Jrg Laukien, Stark Thompson, Elaine Ostrander, and Andrew Carr


Spectrum Pharmaceuticals has appointed Kolli Prasad as director of the company’s research and development department. Prasad comes to the position from Hyderabad, India-based Shantha Biotechnics, where he served for 10 years as head of R&D.

Jörg Laukien has been elected as a class III director of Bruker Biosciences by the company’s board of directors. Laukien will step into the position Jan. 1. He is currently a director or president of numerous Bruker companies in the United States and Europe, and a director of Techneon.

Stark Thompson has been elected non-executive chairman of the board of Gene Logic. Thompson has served as a member of Gene Logic’s Board since February 2002, and served as president and CEO of Life Technologies from 1988–2000.

The National Human Genome Research Institute has named Elaine Ostrander as chief of its Cancer Genetics Branch, one of the seven research branches in the Division of Intramural Research. Ostrander comes to the NHGRI from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle. She received a BS in 1981 from the University of Washington, and a PhD in 1987 from Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland.

Andrew Carr, former president of discovery systems for GE Healthcare, is now functioning in an advisory role within the company. Carr was replaced by Joel McComb in August. McComb's previous work experience included a position heading the primary care division of Beckman Coulter.


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