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Stefan Hoops, Jason Theodosiou, André Michel

Stefan Hoops, a computational systems biologist at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, has been named an SBML (Systems Biology Markup Language) editor. In this position, he will help manage the overall SBML development process. Members of the SBML community nominate and vote for SBML editors, who maintain the SMBL website, monitor discussions, edit the new specification, and organize annual SBML forum meetings. The current number of SBML editors has been expanded from two to five, each serving a term of three years.

Aureus Pharma has appointed Jason Theodosiou as its new CEO, replacing André Michel, the founder of the company, who has been appointed chairman of its supervisory board. Theodosiou was previously chief operating officer of Aureus. Prior to joining the firm, he held executive management positions at Elsevier MDL, Lion Bioscience, and EMAX/SciQuest. Michel was previously a professor of chemistry at Sherbrooke University and director of the discovery centers at Servier.


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