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David Hansen, Michael Gribskov, Michael Pellini


Australia’s E-Health Research Center has hired David Hansen to lead its health data integration research efforts. Hansen was most recently head of development at Lion Bioscience’s UK subsidiary.

Michael Gribskov has joined the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. Gribskov was previously lead scientist in computational biology at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and adjunct associate professor of biology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the current president of the International Society for Computational Biology.

BioAdvance, a biotechnology incubator in Pennsylvania, has appointed Michael Pellini to serve as its first entrepreneur-in-residence. Pellini was most recently CEO of Genomics Collaborative, which was acquired by SeraCare Life Sciences in June.

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