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Lincoln Stein, Sean Ekins, Robert Voelkner, John Tyson

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The Bioinformatics Organization, a bioinformatics open source advocacy group, announced that it will award the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award in Bioinformatics to Lincoln Stein of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Bioinformatics.Org presents the award annually to an individual who has “promoted free and open access to the materials and methods used in the scientific field of bioinformatics.” The award will be presented at the fourth annual meeting of Bioinformatics.Org on March 31.


Sean Ekins has joined GeneGo as vice president for computational biology. Ekins was most recently associate director of computational drug discovery at Concurrent Pharmaceuticals, and has also held research positions at Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Ekins will lead GeneGo’s program in computational ADME/Tox.


LIMS provider InnaPhase has tapped Robert Voelkner as director of business development. Voelkner was previously vice president of sales for Thermo Electron’s informatics division. Prior to that, he was director of worldwide sales and marketing for Beckman Coulter’s laboratory automation operations, which was acquired by InnaPhase in July 2003.


John Tyson, a computational cell biologist at Virginia Tech, has been named one of Virginia’s three Outstanding Scientists of 2004, according to an announcement by Governor Mark Warner and Walter Witschey, director of the Science Museum of Virginia.

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