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Agilent this week appointed Ron Nersesian president and chief operating officer.

Nersesian had previously been executive vice president and chief operating officer at Agilent, where he was responsible for the company's Chemical Analysis, Life Sciences, Electronic Measurement, and Agilent Order Fulfillment businesses. He will continue to be responsible for these groups, the company said.


Definiens this week appointed Gerald Moller chairman of its supervisory board.

Previously, Moller held a number of leadership positions at Boehringer Mannheim, including president of decentralized diagnostics and president of advanced diagnostics and biochemicals.


Amarantus Biosciences this week appointed Robert Zimmerman its product development advisor.

Zimmerman runs biopharmaceutical product development consulting business Zimmerman Consulting. Previously he was chief operating officer and president at Signature Bioscience as well as vice president of biotechnology researcher at Bayer.


Johns Hopkins University researcher and mass spectrometry pioneer Robert Cotter passed away this week.

Cotter was a professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences and a leader in the development of time-of-flight mass spectrometry technology, particularly for protein and peptide analysis. He received his MS and PhD in physical chemistry from Johns Hopkins and joined the faculty in 1978.

During his career he served as the president of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry as well as director of the Middle Atlantic Mass Spectrometry Laboratory.

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