ROCKVILLE, Md.--Human Genome Sciences promoted its bioinformatics and gene discovery director, Michael Fannon, to the newly created position of vice president, chief information officer, and promoted Reiner Gentz, head of protein development, to vice president of protein development.
Fannon joined HGS in 1994 as bioinformatics manager to manage data collection, genetic analysis, and information retrieval systems underlying HGS's high-throughput gene sequencing efforts. Since 1997 he has also worked to streamline efforts of internal projects including the identification of novel secreted human proteins.
Gentz has been HGS director of protein expression and purification since 1993. In 1997 he took on responsibilities related to a new HGS process development and production facility that will produce novel human proteins for use in phase one, two and three clinical trials. In his new capacity, Gentz is responsible for design and staffing the facility, which is expected to be completed in 1999.