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People in the News: Mar 31, 2011 (rev. 1)


Roche Diagnostics said this week that Robert Yates has been appointed as head of Roche Applied Science.

Yates succeeds Manfried Baier, who will retire from Roche at the end of this year.

Yates has held positions in R&D, engineering, and process management at Roche Diagnostics in both the company's Indianapolis offices and Roche's headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Most recently he served as global head of business development and licensing for Roche Diagnostics.

RainDance Technologies said this week that it has appointed Laura Deming as senior vice president of product development; and Joseph Malandrakis as senior product development counsel.

Deming joins RainDance from WaveRx, where she served as vice president of research, development, and operations. She has also held senior product development and R&D roles at Cytyc, PerSeptive Biosystems (now part of Life Technologies' Applied Biosystems business); and Millipore. She holds a BS in chemistry from Bridgewater State College; an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Lowell; and an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Malandrakis has previously served as vice president of global services and solutions at Applied Biosystems, where he helped manage the company's acquisition of PerSeptive Biosystems. He also served as vice president of North American sales and service and vice president of worldwide operations at Applera. He holds a BA from the University of Bridgeport and a BS in industrial engineering from the New York Institute of Technology.

Nanosphere said this week that James Nahirny is stepping down from the company's board of directors.

Nahirny is a managing director with Bain Capital Venture Partners, and has been a member of Nanosphere's board since 2006.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.