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People in the News: Alexander Makarov, Stephen Hall, Marian Sacco

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Orbitrap inventor Alexander Makarov has been appointed professor of high resolution mass spectrometry at Utrecht University's Bijvoet Center.

Makarov is director of global researcher, life sciences mass spectrometry for Thermo Fisher Scientific.


BG Medicine said this week that it has appointed Stephen Hall as its chief financial officer.

Hall was previously vice president finance at Stemline Therapeutics. Before that he was chief financial officer as companies including Orthocon, Helicos BioSciences, TriPath Imaging, and Colorado MEDtech.


Vermillion has hired Marian Sacco as a strategic planning consultant to aid in the next phase of the company's commercial launch of its OVA1 ovarian cancer test. She has previously worked for companies including Centocor, Kirin Diagnostics, Barron Diagnostics, and Adeza Biomedical.

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