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Gary Wolfe, John Rakitan, Sar Ramadan, Fred Schapelhouman


Among a flurry of staff changes resulting from a recent restructuring at Vacaville, Calif.-based Large Scale Biology Corporation, Gary Wolfe, vice president, has been handed the new title of vice president, bioinformatics and genomics. Additionally, John Rakitan, senior vice president and general counsel, will retain that position while playing a larger role in the strategic business development of LSBC’s bioinformatics businesses, the company said.

Data mining and analytical software firm Insightful’s CFO Sar Ramadan said he is leaving the company to create his own firm. Fred Schapelhouman, the former vice president and CFO of Aris Corporation, will be Insightful’s interim CFO.

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