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Gerald Vovis, Krishnan Nandabalan, Kevin Rakin, Andy Brimer

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Genaissance Pharmaceuticals of New Haven, Conn., has promoted Gerald Vovis, from senior vice president, genomics, to CTO. Krishnan Nandabalan has been promoted from executive director, technology systems, to vice president, product development. Kevin Rakin, executive vice president and CFO, was also named president of the company.

As CTO, Vovis will oversee the expansion of the HAP Factory genomics center as well as the industrialization of the company’s HAPtyping facility, which determines which HAP Markers are present in patients’ DNA from clinical samples.

Nandabalan will direct the commercialization of Genaissance’s technologies and will be responsible for developing contacts with genomics and informatics professionals within prospective pharmaceutical partners.

Software company Intacta Technologies of Atlanta has assigned Andy Brimer with the task of heading a new bioinformatics division. As chief architect of the project, Brimer will also be responsible for deploying IBM’s WebSphere technology and Intacta.Code as a system for managing and sharing genomic data. Intacta is developing a system to distribute, select, and analyze data across different computing platforms.

Brimer, who has been a consultant at Intacta for the past eight months, is helping to map out bioinformatics products the company should develop, which may include a bioinformatics Web portal and laboratory information management systems. Eventually, Intacta may spin out the division. Brimer joined Intacta from kforce Consulting, an e-business development and integration company based in Tampa.

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