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People in the News: Dec 23, 2010 (rev. 1)


Celera this week said it has appointed Alfred Merriweather as senior vice president and CFO.

Merriweather previously was executive vice president and CFO at Calypso Medical Technologies. Prior to that, he served as CFO of Monogram Biosciences and its predecessor Aclara Biosciences, until the company was acquired by Laboratory Corporation of America in 2009.

Merriweather has also served as CFO of Symphonix Devices, Lipomatrix, and Laserscope. He also spent several years at Price Waterhouse in London and San Jose, Calif., and holds a BA in economics and MA from the University of Cambridge.

TcLand Expression recently announced the appointment of Peter Payne as its chief business officer and head of US operations.

Prior to this, Payne worked for Quintiles Transnational, where he held various positions managing senior operations and business development in Europe and the US. Most recently, he was VP of corporate development at Quintiles, and was responsible for inking strategic relationships with drug firms, venture capital funds, and other financial institutions.

TcLand Expression is developing personalized medicine companion diagnostics in immune mediated disorders and is clinically validating personalized medicine biomarkers for tolerance in liver transplantation.

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.