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Dennis Gilbert, Theo Melas-Kyriazi, Gary Mecklenburg, Henry Becton, Jr., Frank Olsen, Tony Hunter, Anthony Pawson, Arden Bement, Jr., President Bush


Dennis Gilbert has become CSO and vice president for research of Applied Biosystems, as well as vice president of Applera, the company said in an SEC filing this week. He joined Applera in 1994 as a research scientist and was most recently ABI’s vice president for advanced research and technology.

Theo Melas-Kyriazi, former CFO of Thermo Electron, has joined the board of directors of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, the Foxborough, Mass.-based company said earlier this month. Melas-Kyriazi, who resigned from Thermo in October, holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Becton Dickinson said this week that it has elected Gary Mecklenburg to the company’s board of directors. Mecklenburg is currently President and CEO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Prior to joining Northwestern Memorial, Mecklenburg was President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Franciscan Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisc., and served as administrator at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Mecklenburg holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Becton Dickinson also said it has designated Henry Becton, Jr., as lead director of its board. Becton will succeed Frank Olsen, who has been lead director since the position was created in 2002, said the company.

Tony Hunter and Anthony Pawson have been awarded the 2004 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University. The researchers, which will receive the award in February 2005, “in recognition of their discoveries in understanding protein-tyrosine phosphorylation,” Columbia said. Hunter is the American Cancer Society professor of molecular and cell biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. Pawson is a senior investigator and director of research at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and a professor of medical genetics and microbiology at the University of Toronto.

Arden Bement, Jr., has been appointed by President Bush as the 12th director of the National Science Foundation. He has served as acing director of the agency since Feb. 22. The Senate confirmed Bement on Nov. 20. Bement’s term as NSF director is slated to last six years.

The Scan

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