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John Jones, Lars Eric Utterman

John "Jack" Jones has been appointed chief information officer for the National Institutes of Health.
As NIH CIO, Jones will advise NIH regarding computational bioscience, computer engineering, and all facets of information technology, according to an NIH statement. He will also continue to serve as acting director of the NIH Center for Information Technology until the NIH completes a search for a new permanent CIT Director.
Jones joined the NIH in 2001 as chief IT architect and late in 2003 was appointed as acting deputy director of CIT. He was later named as acting director of CIT, and was promoted to acting NIH CIO in late 2005. 
Before joining NIH, Jones was at Sandia National Laboratories, where his last position was director of information processes. During his last two years at Sandia, he also served as senior advisor to the deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Energy for the Advanced Strategic Computing Initiative. 

Lars Eric Utterman is the new chairman of 2D gel analysis firm Ludesi's board of directors.
Utterman has more than 30 years experience in international executive level positions with GE Healthcare, Amersham Pharmacia, and Boehringer Mannheim, now Roche Diagnostics.  

Utterman currently holds the position of president and CEO at the microfluidics company Gyros. He is also chairman of the board for IonGate Biosciences and board member of LIVC Technologies.

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