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Movers & Shakers: Apr 16, 2009

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Dionex announced this week that Frank Witney will become its president and CEO effective April 30, replacing Lukas Braunschweiler, who resigned late last year to become CEO of Ruag Holding.

Witney joins Dionex from Affymetrix where he was executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Prior to that he was president and CEO of Panomics from July 2002 until it was acquired by Affymetrix in December 2008.


Protein Forest said this week John Tonkinson was appointed to the newly created position of vice president of global sales and marketing. His appointment took effect March 16.

Tonkinson's responsibility is to grow sales by growing the current sales team and position Protein Forest in the marketplace "based on its development of products and services," the company said in a statement.

He was with HistoRx as vice president of business development before joining Protein Forest.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.