LA JOLLA, Calif.--Peter Schultz, a professor of chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, has been named head of the new Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics here. Novartis announced in April that it will invest a total of $250 million over 10 years in the institute, which will be located adjacent to the new Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute and Scripps Research Institute.

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