As widely expected in the industry, Göran Ando has been appointed CEO of Slough, UK-based Celltech, replacing Peter Fellner, who will serve as the company’s chairman. Ando joins the company from Pharmacia, which was recently acquired by Pfizer, where he was president of R&D and an executive vice president. Previously, he was R&D director for Glaxo Group Research. He also held positions at Astra Research Centre, Bristol-Myers International Group, and Pfizer.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.

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