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People in the News: Jan 25, 2011

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Innopsys has appointed Reuben Dharmaraj as US sales director for its high-resolution microarray scanners product line. Dharmaraj joins Carbonne, France-based Innopsys from life science consulting firm Ab Initio Pharmacodynamics. He has also held sales, marketing, and support positions at PerkinElmer, Aurora Biosciences, and Unisyn Technologies. He is also a founding principal at ChloroFill, a green structural material firm.

Dharmaraj holds an MSc in molecular glycobiology from the University of Tulsa and a BSc in the biosciences from Oral Roberts University. He will be based out of Innopsys' new US office in Chicago (BAN 11/4/2010).


Roche's Erich Hunziker plans to retire as chief financial officer, chief information officer, and deputy head of the corporate executive committee at the end of March. The firm's board of directors has appointed Alan Hippe to take over Hunziker's position as CFO. He will also be on Roche's corporate executive committee. He had been CFO at ThysenKrupp.


WaferGen Biosystems has appointed Arul Chinnaiyan to serve on its scientific advisory board. Chinnaiyan is currently director of the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Scan

Call to Look Again

More than a dozen researchers penned a letter in Science saying a previous investigation into the origin of SARS-CoV-2 did not give theories equal consideration.

Not Always Trusted

In a new poll, slightly more than half of US adults have a great deal or quite a lot of trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hill reports.

Identified Decades Later

A genetic genealogy approach has identified "Christy Crystal Creek," the New York Times reports.

Science Papers Report on Splicing Enhancer, Point of Care Test for Sexual Transmitted Disease

In Science this week: a novel RNA structural element that acts as a splicing enhancer, and more.