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Stephen Wong, David Menninger

Stephen Wong has been named chief of medical physics and vice chair of the department of radiology at Houston’s MethodistHospital, and director of the bioinformatics program at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute.
Wong and his team of 18 researchers join Methodist from the Harvard Center of Neurodegeneration and Repair at Harvard Medical School, where he founded the Center for Bioinformatics. Wong is also leaving an appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he founded the Functional and Molecular Imaging Center. Wong was also an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and member of the neuro-oncology program at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Wong has also held numerous R&D positions at Hewlett-Packard, Bell Labs, Royal Philips Electronics, Charles Schwab, and the University of California, San Francisco.

InforSense said this week that it has hired David Menninger as vice president of global marketing and product management, and Tobias Rother as vice president of business operations. In addition, Jeremy Nicholson, head of the department of biomolecular medicine at ImperialCollege, has joined the company’s scientific advisory board.
Rother joins the company from Software AG, where he was vice president of business process management. At InforSense, he will be responsible for building the company’s business in continental Europe from the Frankfurt office.
Menninger, who comes onboard at the Cambridge office, was previously vice president of worldwide product management and marketing at Applix. He also served as vice president of product management for Oracle's data mining technologies group and vice president of product marketing for Oracle's online analytical processing division.
In addition, the company said it has moved to new offices in London and Cambridge, Mass., to accommodate its growth. As BioInform previously reported, the company grew from 63 employees to around 100 over the course of 2006 and expects to employ around 130 people by the end of this year [BioInform 01-12-07].

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