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Arcady Mushegian, Jim and Virginia Stowers, Mark Schwartz, Janet Perna


Arcady Mushegian recently left his post as senior scientist in the bioinformatics program at Akkadix to join the Stowers Institute for Medical Research as director of bioinformatics.

Mushegian will head the institute’s bioinformatics program, manage core facilities in computational biology and genomics, and oversee the information technology department.

The Stowers Institute, based in Kansas City, Mo., opened in November. Founders Jim and Virginia Stowers recently contributed an additional gift of securities valued at $1.1 billion to the institute, bringing its total endowment to $1.6 billion.

Calyx Therapeutics of Hayward, Calif., has hired Mark Schwartz, formerly chief commercial officer of Trega BioSciences/Lion Bioscience, as president and CEO. Schwartz will also be elected to the Calyx board of directors.

While at Trega/Lion, Schwartz led development of the companies'' iDiscovery strategy and facilitated the ultimate merger of Trega with Lion. Schwartz has also held senior management positions at Argonaut Technologies, Synteni/Incyte Genomics, and Tripos.

Janet Perna, general manager of IBM Data Management Solutions, will be inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.

Perna led the team that developed IBM’s DiscoveryLink integration product in support of IBM''s Life Sciences business unit.

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