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Michael Fahy, John Hotchkiss, Brian Eisenburger, George Chao, Scott Williams


Cambridge, Mass.-based Xpogen has hired Michael Fahy, formerly vice president of sales at Blackstone Computing, as vice president of sales. Xpogen has also appointed Robert Halpern as vice president of business development. Halpern previously served as vice president of business development for software firm Fact City.


John Hotchkiss has joined AnVil Informatics of Lowell, Mass., as chief technology officer. Prior to joining AnVil, Hotchkiss was CTO at ActiveCyte and vice president of global engineering at Terra Lycos (previously Lycos). He will be responsible for all science and technology development, including data mining activities and commercial development of AnVil’s technology platform.


AlgoNomics has tapped Brian Eisenburger for the position of chief business officer. Eisenburger, whose former employers include Gist-brocades/DSM, TNO Pharma, and Pharming, is charged with expanding the business opportunities of the Ghent, Belgium-based structural bioinformatics company.


George Chao is the new vice president of biostatistics and data management at Novirio Pharmaceuticals, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. Chao was previously vice president of biometrics and data management at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. At Novirio, he will direct the statistical and data management aspects of the company’s clinical development programs.


GenoMed of St. Louis, Mo., has appointed Scott Williams to its scientific advisory board. Williams, an associate professor in the department of microbiology at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn., is co-director of the college’s computational biology core facility.

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