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Eran Aharonson, Mor Amitai, Gary Gilliland, David Weber


Compugen has appointed Eran Aharonson as vice president of computational life science research and development. Aharonson will lead the company's computational life science R&D and IT teams. Aharonson was most recently CEO of speech-recognition software firm Advanced Recognition Technologies, which was acquired by ScanSoft in January. He will report to Compugen's CEO — currently Mor Amitai, who has announced plans to resign as CEO before the end of 2005.

Gary Gilliland, a faculty member of the National Institute of Standards' Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology, has taken a position with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Centocor, according to a recent Protein Databank newsletter. Gilliland worked with the PDB while at NIST, and was "responsible for cataloging, archiving, and preserving the legacy PDB materials that have been accumulating since the PDB was established in 1971 at Brookhaven National Laboratory," the PDB newsletter said. The functions formerly performed by Gilliland's lab at NIST will now be assumed by groups at Rutgers University and the University of California San Diego.

Stratagene has hired David Weber as senior vice president of marketing. Prior to joining the company, Weber spent 17 years at Amersham Biosciences, which was acquired by GE Healthcare. Most recently he was president, region Americas of GE Healthcare. Weber has also served as the vice president of marketing and supplier relations at Chemdex, a life sciences e-commerce company.

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