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Craig Venter, Tony White, Fiona Brinkman


In a surprise move, Craig Venter stepped down as president of Celera Genomics last week. Tony White, chairman and CEO of Celera’s parent company, Applera, will take on the role of president until the company finds a replacement, while Venter will remain chair of Celera’s scientific advisory board.

“We are now at a critical juncture where my best contributions can be made in a scientific advisory role, allowing the rest of the organization to continue Celera’s progress toward becoming a successful pharmaceutical business,” said Venter, who also plans to spend more time in his role as chairman of the board of the Institute for Genomic Research, which he founded in 1992.


The Association for Computing Machinery is presenting Gene Myers, Celera’s vice president for informatics research, with the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award for his contribution to sequencing the human genome.

“Not only did Myers’ mathematical analyses and simulation studies establish the feasibility of the shotgun approach to sequencing large genomes, but he went on to design the algorithms that made the reconstruction of the genome possible,” said John White, executive director of ACM, in a statement.

ACM will present the Paris Kanellakis Award, which honors accomplishments that have had a significant effect on the practice of computing, on April 27 at the University of Toronto.


Vancouver-based Genops Bioinformatics has appointed Fiona Brinkman to its scientific advisory board. Brinkman is an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on the evolution of pathogens and the development of computational tools.

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