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Robert Waterston, William Gates, Robert Booth, Kathy Ordoez, Patrick Chassaigne


Robert Waterston will be leaving his post as head of the department of genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to serve as chair of the department of genome sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Waterston will hold the William Gates endowed chair in biomedical sciences, and is expected to start at UW in January.


Celera Genomics has appointed Robert Booth, most recently senior vice president of central R&D at Roche Bioscience, as senior vice president of R&D. Booth will report to Kathy Ordoñez, president of Celera Genomics, and will join the company on August 5. He will oversee an R&D staff of around 300 people, including scientists engaged in proteomics, informatics, and bioinformatics projects in the company’s Rockville, Md., headquarters, and small-molecule therapeutics programs in South San Francisco, Calif.


Patrick Chassaigne, formerly director of life sciences solutions at Compaq (now Hewlett-Packard), has joined Charlestown, Mass.-based clinical data management company PHT as executive vice president of global sales, marketing, and strategic alliances.

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