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People in the News: Mar 12, 2010 (rev. 1)

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David Botstein, Francis Collins, and Eric Lander have been named co-winners of the 2010 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, which carries with it a purse of $500,000.

As leaders in the Human Genome Project, the three "undoubtedly will hold a special place in the history of science and medicine as primary initiators of a profound revolution in human development," James Barba, president and CEO of Albany Medical Center, said in a statement.

Collins was director of the National Human Genome Research Institute during the Human Genome Project and is now director of the National Institutes of Health. Botstein is director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University. Lander is president and director of the Broad Institute.


David U'Prichard has joined the board of directors of Ocimum Biosolutions, the firm said this week.

U'Prichard is president of Druid Consulting, and sits on the boards of Life Technologies, Oxagen, Cyclacel, and Silence Therapeutics. He is also a venture partner at Red Abbey Venture Partners.

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