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Shanna Cotti, Scot Kennedy, Leroy Hood, Ronald Davis, Mostafa Ronaghi, Keith Joho, Nick Tsinoremas, Saeed Tavazoie

Contract research organization Charles River Laboratories has appointed Shanna Cotti as chief technology officer and has promoted Scot Kennedy to the role of chief of IT solutions engineering. Cotti was most recently a senior consultant for Microsoft, where she managed enterprise-wide technical architecture strategies for Fortune 500 companies. At CRL, Cotti will be responsible for redesigning the company’s global IT initiatives. Kennedy previously was the head of IT for preclinical services at CRL’s Edinburgh site, and for clinical services in all of Europe.


NextBio has created a scientific advisory board. Founding members include: Leroy Hood, president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology; Ronald Davis, director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center; Mostafa Ronaghi, NextBio co-founder, as well as a co-founder of Pyrosequencing and ParAllele BioScience; Keith Joho, an informatics consultant who has held senior management positions in bioinformatics at Ingenuity Systems, SurroMed, Abgenix, Roche Bioscience, and Sugen; Nick Tsinoremas, senior director of informatics at Scripps Florida; and Saeed Tavazoie, a professor in the department of molecular biology at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University.

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