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Sidec Technologies, a protein-interaction research company, announced the recruitment of Hans Johansson as president and CEO this week.

Before joining Sidec, Johansson was president of the Biosystems division of Biotage AB. Prior to that, Johansson was CEO of Personal Chemistry.


Karen Wilson of Grosse Ile, Mich., whose parents both died of brain tumors, donated $2 million to benefit the Cleveland Clinic Brain Tumor Institute, the Plain Dealer reported on Tuesday. The money will support the research of Robert Weil, the associate director of laboratory research at the institute. Weil’s work focuses on proteomics and the development of protein biomarkers as diagnostic and prognostic tools.


Applied Biosystems announced on Monday that it has appointed Lars Holmkvist as president of Applied Biosystems’ European Region. Holmkvist will manage approximately 1,000 employees and direct the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Before joining ABI, Holmkvist served as vice president of vascular and cardiac surgery in Western Europe for Medtronic. Prior to that, he was vice president of vascular surgery for Boston Scientific, where he developed business strategies, product management, sales and service, marketing strategy, and business strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Holmkvist has also held executive positions with Pharmacia Hospital Care, and he served as the director of marketing for Becton Dickinson early in his career.

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.