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People in the News: Cepheid Elects Bishop, Kepner to Board; Evogen Names New Execs


Cepheid said this week that its board of directors has elected John Bishop as chairman and Cristina Kepner as lead independent director.

Bishop is currently CEO of Cepheid, a position he has held since 2002. He succeeds Thomas Gutshall as chairman. Gutshall will continue to serve on Cepheid's board as a director.

Kepner has been a Cepheid director since 1998. She was formerly executive vice president and corporate finance director of Invemed Associates. She has also served as a director of Monogram Biosciences, and director and chairman of Quipp.

Evogen this week appointed Hans Kastensmith as president and CEO and Robert Dondes as COO.

Kastensmith was founder and president of I-Trax Medical Solutions, and has also served as a partner with Capitol Health Associates and operating partner with Matchpoint Partners.

Dondes has previously served as CEO of Gettysburg Health Administrators and Mid-Atlantic Managed Care Organization; president and CEO of HealthCentral; and Senior Consultant of managed care for The Tompkins Group, among other executive positions with private and publicly traded heathcare companies.

Evogen, based in Lenexa, Kan., provides DNA extraction methodologies, air collection and monitoring products, and proprietary PCR probe technology, among other products.