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Stan Letovsky, Oliver Bayliss, Sean Eddy, Don Gilbert, Steven Salzberg

Synthetic biology startup Codon Devices has hired Stan Letovsky as executive director of bioinformatics and information technology, a new position at the company. Letovsky was most recently senior director of computational sciences at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he led Monsanto’s global bioinformatics organization. Letovsky also served as an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, where he directed the Genome Database Project. 

Oliver Bayliss has joined Gene-IT as director of European sales. Prior to joining Gene-IT, Bayliss led BioWisdom's worldwide direct sales operation. He has also held sales positions at DNAStar, Oxford Molecular, the Accelrys GCG product line, and Viaken Systems.

The Bioinformatics Organization has announced its nominees for the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award in Bioinformatics, which is presented annually by the members of the non-profit open source bioinformatics advocacy group "to an individual who has worked to promote open access to the materials and methods used in the field." This year’s nominees are: Sean Eddy, group leader at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus; Robert Gentleman, head of the program in computational biology, division of public health sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Don Gilbert, director of the Genome Informatics Lab, Indiana University, Bloomington; and Steven Salzberg, director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Maryland, College Park.

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