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Kathy Ordoez, Deborah Smeltzer, Steve Lombardi, Georg Casari, Rene Copeland


Applera made a number of staffing changes last week. Kathy Ordoñez will pull double, bi-coastal duty as the new president of Celera Genomics in addition to her current position of president of Celera Diagnostics (see p. 1). Deborah Smeltzer, formerly VP of finance and business development at Applied Biosystems, will serve as VP of the company’s new Knowledge Business. Steve Lombardi, VP of applications and products at ABI, will be leaving the company.


Eight genomics researchers will receive this year’s Gairdner International Award. The award, which “recognizes outstanding contributions by medical scientists whose work will significantly improve quality of life,” has been presented to 255 scientists since 1959, 56 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

This year’s winners include: Robert Waterston, director of the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University School of Medicine; Eric Lander, head of the Whitehead Institute Center for Genomic Research; Sir John Sulston, founder of the Sanger Institute; Phillip Green, professor of molecular biology and computer science at the University of Washington; Maynard Olson, professor of medicine and genetics and computer science, also of the University of Washington; Craig Venter, founder of the Institute for Genomic Research and Celera Genomics; Michael Waterman, professor of mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science at the University of Southern California; and Jean Weissenbach, director of Genoscope.


Cellzome of Heidelberg, Germany, has appointed Georg Casari to VP of informatics. Casari was a co-founder of Heidelberg’s Lion Bioscience in 1997. Prior to that, he served as a staff scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the European Bioinformatics Institute.


Toronto-based Platform Computing has named Rene Copeland as vice president of sales for government and life sciences. Copeland will work out of Washington, DC. He was most recently VP of sales, Americas, for Cray. Before that, Copeland managed the worldwide manufacturing segment at IBM for the RS/6000 SP supercomputer.

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