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

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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

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.