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Richard Roy, Klaus Tschira, Frank Jones, Julie Barnes, Eric Pitcher


The Heidelberg Commercial Register has approved the appointment of Richard Roy, the former head of Microsoft Germany, to Lion Bioscience’s supervisory board. Roy assumes the seat vacated by Klaus Tschira, who stepped down at the end of last year. Lion announced its plans to appoint Roy in January. He will be confirmed at the company’s next general meeting on August 7.


InforSense has appointed Frank Jones, chairman of oil and gas IT firm Schlumberger, as non-executive chairman of its board of directors.


Julie Barnes, CSO at Cambridge, UK-based BioWisdom, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors.


Eric Pitcher has joined Linux Networx as vice president of product marketing for government, industrial, and life sciences. Prior to joining the company, Pitcher spent 15 years in product marketing at Cray. Pitcher is one of six new executives added to the company’s management team.


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LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

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