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Leroy Hood, Alex Titomirov, William Beavis, Peter Brooks

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Leroy Hood, director of the Institute for Systems Biology, has joined InforMax’s scientific advisory board as chairman. Dean Goddette, the company’s vice president of marketing, said that Hood will help InforMax plan its future from a scientific standpoint and will pinpoint what additional expertise the company needs on its scientific board.

Hood is also a scientific advisor to other companies, including Lynx Therapeutics, Illumina, Immunex, People Genetics, Orchid Biosciences, and RealTime Health, an Internet company for predictive medicine that is chaired by InforMax CEO Alex Titomirov.

The National Center for Genome Resources of Santa Fe, NM, has promoted William Beavis to the newly created position of CSO. Formerly director of scientific programs, Beavis will oversee NCGR's bioscience and IT divisions and fine tune research and development. He intends to create new collaborative relationships among biologists, software engineers, applied mathematicians, and business people.

Beavis joined the center in 1998 from Pioneer Hi-Bred International where he managed a research group developing informatic and statistical methods to associate genes with expression of complex or quantitative traits.

Physiome Sciences has named Peter Brooks as vice president, software development, to oversee the design and commercial application of Physiome's proprietary software platform, which simulates biological processes on computers. Brooks joined Physiome from industrial software company Bentley Systems and has a background in managing the development and commercialization of scientific software for modeling applications.

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