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Andre Pernet, Michael Knapp, James Knighton, Anne Kopf-Sill, Andrea Chow, Yvonne Linney, Seth Cohen, Peter Wagner


Andre Pernet has become the president of Quark Biotech. Pernet previously served as corporate officer and vice president, pharmaceutical products R&D at Abbott Laboratories. He was also chairman and CEO of the European genomic company Genset from 2000 to 2002. He is currently chairman of CURx Pharma and he also serves on the board of directors of Kaleidos Pharmaceuticals.

Caliper Technologies has reconfigured is executive management team. Michael Knapp, current chief technical officer and founder of the company; and James Knighton, chief financial officer, will leave the company. Knapp will stay with the company through December. Knighton will remain at the company into the first quarter of 2004. Caliper said it is “actively recruiting” a Massachusetts-based CFO.

Anne Kopf-Sill has become vice president, molecular diagnostics at Caliper. She was previously vice president, microfluidics R&D. Andrea Chow has become vice president, microfluidics R&D. In addition, two new executives have been recruited to the company. Yvonne Linney has become senior director, microfluidics marketing and product management. She was previously di-rector of marketing for genomics at Amersham. Seth Cohen has become director of application scientists. Before this, he was previously the program director of lead discovery at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.

Peter Wagner, chief technology officer, senior vice president, and founder of


, has been named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his research in protein biochips.


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.