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Alan Fletcher, John Dineen, Joseph Hogan, William Sullivan, Bruce Pritchard, Stephane Archambault

PerkinElmer this week announced the appointment of Alan Fletcher as vice president of business development for the company’s Life and Analytical Sciences business.
Fletcher will be responsible for growing the Bio-discovery business through strategic partnerships and alliances and the introduction of new technologies for GPCR, kinase, and biomarker drug target classes, the company said in a statement.
Fletcher joins PerkinElmer from GE Healthcare, where he held multiple positions in its life science and discovery systems business units.

John Dineen has succeeded Joseph Hogan as president and CEO of GE Healthcare, the company announced this week.
Dineen is a 22-year veteran of GE and served as president and CEO of GE Transportation since 2005. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager of Plastics at GE Advanced Materials.
Hogan took over as CEO of ABB, a power and automation technologies firm.

William Sullivan has joined HistoRx as senior vice president of diagnostics operations, the company said this week. The position is a newly created one.
Sullivan will be responsible for growing the diagnostics development process, overseeing the manufacture of the company’s diagnostic products, and growing diagnostic-related revenues.
Sullivan was previously vice president of corporate operations of Vermillion. Prior to that, he served as vice president of diagnostic manufacturing at Visible Genetics, and vice president of operations at the Nichols Institute Diagnostics, a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics.

ProMetic Life Sciences said last week that Bruce Pritchard has replaced Stephane Archambault as the company’s CFO.
During the past two years, Pritchard has been CFO of ProMetic BioSciences, ProMetic’s UK division. In October 2007, he also became its vice president of corporate development.
The company also announced the resignation of Ronald Guttmann from its board, effective immediately, citing personal business activities.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.