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Charles Cantor, Jeffrey Skolnick, Andrzej Kolinski, Marcos Betancourt, Hassan Dayem

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Strand Genomics of Bangalore, India, has appointed Charles Cantor, CSO at Sequenom, to its scientific advisory board. Cantor is a consultant to more than 16 biotech firms, has published more than 325 peer-reviewed articles, been granted 26 US patents, and recently completed a textbook on genomics called, “The Science and Technology of the Human Genome Project.”

Jeffrey Skolnick has been tapped to head the newly launched Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, based at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Skolnick is currently director of computational and structural genomics at the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. He’ll take the reins as executive director of the center on Sept. 30. He will also serve as a professor of structural biology at UB. Andrzej Kolinski and Marcos Betancourt will also leave the Danforth Center to join Skolnick in Buffalo.

Amgen of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has appointed Hassan Dayem as senior vice president and CIO. Dayem was previously VP of information services and CIO at Merck. He will oversee 500 IT professionals in the US and Europe at Amgen.

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