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Nat Goodman, Michael Dickson, Victor Pollara, Martin Moorhead

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Nat Goodman has been named senior vice president at 3rd Millennium of Cambridge, Mass., where he will assist president Richard Dweck in managing the firm’s core consulting business. He will also serve as program manager for the $1.8 million grant recently awarded to the company by the Advanced Technology Program of the US National Institute of Science and Technology in the US Department of Commerce for the study of biological pathways.

Goodman, who was torn between starting his own company and joining an established firm, chose 3rd Millennium in part because of its outlook that bioinformatics should be science-driven.

Goodman previously worked at Compaq Computer where he established a technical marketing group focused on bioinformatics applications. He has also led a research group at the Jackson Laboratory and was an associate director at the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research.

Michael Dickson, senior vice president and chief technology officer of NetGenics has been named to the board of directors of the Object Management Group, a consortium that produces and maintains computer industry specifications for interoperable enterprise applications. The appointment is for the 2001-2003 term.

Prior to his board appointment, Dickson participated in standardization efforts within the OMG’s Life Science Research Domain Task Force, of which NetGenics was a founding member.

Viaken of Gaithersburg, Md., has hired Victor Pollara, a researcher in Eric Lander’s laboratory at the Whitehead Institute, as a scientific consultant and as technical leader of the software development team for the company’s UK office.

Pollara will spend two-thirds of his time working for Viaken and the remainder will be spent continuing his research for Whitehead – where he has focused on high-throughput discovery of single-nucleotide polymorphisms and annotating the human genome. At Viaken he will advise customers on genomics, informatics, and analysis. He will also contribute to the design and development of Viaken’s mirror databases of Ensembl and Paragon.

Moorhead, who will direct the technical team building the mirror Ensembl and Paragon databases, came to Viaken from Synomics where he had worked with current Viaken CTO Steve Gardner.

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