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People in the News: Apr 23, 2010 (rev. 1)

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At the Bio-IT World conference in Boston this week, the Bioinformatics Organization presented Alex Bateman with the annual Benjamin Franklin Award for activities involving open access in the life sciences.

Bateman, a bioinformatics researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, developed the Pfam and Rfam databases to help classify the world of proteins and RNA, respectively. Pfam, launched in 1997, contains 12,000 families grouping the approximately 15 million proteins now known. Rfam kicked off in 2003.

Bateman also helped launch the RNA families track in the journal RNA Biology, which requires that authors publishing papers must provide a wikipedia entry at Rfam.

Bateman earned a BS in biochemsitry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and his PhD at the Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK.


Todd Johnson has been named executive vice president of sales, marketing and services at Accelrys.

Johnson joined the firm in January 2009 as its interim CEO. After Max Carnecchia was named CEO in July of that year, Johnson remained on staff as senior vice president working on sales and marketing activities.

Ilene Vogt, who had been the firm's senior vice president of worldwide sales and services, is leaving the firm.

Prior to joining Accelrys, Johnson was CEO of Kontiki. In that position, he helped negotiate the company's sale to VeriSign, where he was senior vice president of broadband content business following the acquisition. He has held positions at Silicon Graphics and Hewlett-Packard.

He holds a BSc degree in marketing from the University of Santa Clara.

According to documents filed this week with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Johnson will earn a base salary of $300,000 and will have an annual target bonus of 100 percent of his base salary. Vogt, meantime, will receive severance of $250,000, paid over twelve months.

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