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Craig Venter, Kurt Thearling, Peter Covitz, Andy Jacobson, Paul Davie


Craig Venter revealed his post-Celera plans last week. Never one to do anything small, Venter intends to create and run three separate not-for-profit organizations: the TIGR Center for the Advancement of Genomics, the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives, and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation. Venter will be the president and chairman of all three groups and will also stay on as chairman of the board of trustees of TIGR, which will remain under the leadership of Claire Fraser.


Burlington, Mass.-based AnVil has hired Kurt Thearling as director of engineering and Natasha Markuzon as informatics scientist. Thearling was most recently senior director of development and chief scientist at CRM software firm Wheelhouse. Markuzon was senior data analyst at Xchange, also a CRM software provider.


Peter Covitz, who last served as VP of scientific collaborations at InforMax, has moved to the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Bioinformatics, where he is director of bioinformatics core infrastructure.


BioBridge Computing of Lund, Sweden, has opened a US subsidiary in San Francisco.

Andy Jacobson, previously software development manager with Bio-Rad Laboratories’ life science group in Hercules, Calif., has been tapped as the US operating officer for the new subsidiary.


Paul Davie is the new president and COO at London-based Infor-Sense. Before joining InforSense, Davie was European general manager and senior director of consultancy services for Accelrys.


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