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David Sankaran, John Hanlon, Macdonald (Don) Morris, and David Smith


David Sankaran has joined Accelrys as CFO and senior vice president. He replaces John Hanlon, who will leave his post as CFO at the end of January. Sankaran joins the company from Ocular Sciences, a contact lens manufacturer, where he served as vice president and corporate controller. Prior to that, Sankaran held executive-level positions at PeopleSoft, Affymetrix, Chiron, Raychem, and Arthur Andersen & Co.

Lipomics, a company developing tools for lipid metabolite analysis, said last week that Macdonald (Don) Morris has joined the company as CTO and vice president of bioinformatics. Morris served as senior scientist at Affymetrix from 1993 to 1998, and then worked at Incyte Genomics from 1998 to 2002 as associate director, director, and senior director of bioinformatics. After Incyte, Morris joined Expression Diagnostics as vice president of informatics.

David Smith, who served as senior vice president and general counsel of TissueInformatics until its merger with Icoria last February, has joined law firm Pepper Hamilton’s intellectual property practice group in Pittsburgh, Pa.


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