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People in the News: Mar 4, 2002


Peter Chambre, former COO at Celera Genomics, will join London-based Cambridge Antibody Technology as CEO in early April. He will succeed CAT founder and CEO David Chiswell.


The board of directors of Paradigm Genetics has fired John Ryals, a co-founder of the company and its CEO and president. Paradigm of Research Triangle Park, NC, did not offer a reason for Ryals’ dismissal, but a company spokeswoman told BioInform’s sister publication GenomeWeb that there had been “some dysfunction in the relationship between him and the board and him and the management team.” CSO John Hamer will assume Ryals’ duties while the company searches for a replacement.

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