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People in the News: Patrick Balthrop, Erik Holmlin, Gene Cartwright, Lynn L'Archeveque


Luminex President and CEO Patrick Balthrop has been elected to the Personalized Medicine Coalition's board of directors for a three-year term.

The PMC represents industry, academic, and patient advocacy interests and seeks to advance personalized medicine and to educate policy-makers and the public. Balthrop has headed Luminex since 2004, and he previously was president of Fisher HealthCare.

Nanosphere has added two new members, Erik Holmlin and Gene Cartwright, to its board of directors, increasing the number of directors from five to seven.

Holmlin is president and CEO of BioNano Genomics, and he formerly held the same posts at GenVault. He also was chief commercial officer at Exiqon, led the formation of GeneOhm Sciences, and was vice president of marketing and development for Becton Dickinson Diagnostics after it acquired GeneOhm.

Cartwright was CEO of Omynx, a joint venture between GE and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, for four years, and before that he was president of Molecular Diagnostics for GE Healthcare, and division vice president and general manager of Molecular Diagnostics for Abbott Diagnostics.

Life BioScience has appointed Lynn L'Archeveque as director and sales and marketing.

In her new role, L'Archeveque will oversee the Albuquerque, NM-based Life Bioscience's line of microarray products and services for the research and clinical diagnostic fields, and will introduce its next-generation, three-dimensional slides to the market, the company said.

L'Archeveque has 15 years of experience in biotechnology including former positions with Exelixis, Biocompare, and Schott North America.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.