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Jerry Williamson, Thomas Wida, Gavin MacBeath

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Jerry Williamson has been appointed as the new president of Biacore, replacing Thomas Wida, who is leaving the company, Biacore International said on Monday. Williamson joins the Uppsala, Sweden-based company from Beacon BioPartners, a consultancy focusing on the life sciences sector. Until recently, he was the president of Pyrosequencing. Biacore said it will incur approximately SEK 3.2 million ($430,000) for the termination of Wida’s contract.


Gavin MacBeath of the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University has received a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation under the Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program. MacBeath, who has been developing protein microarrays as part of his research, plans to study protein interactions in cells. Each recipient’s institution receives an award of up to $1 million to support the scientist’s research activities for a period of up to five years.

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