Response Biomedical said this week that its board of directors has appointed Jeffrey Purvin to be CEO and a director, and that Peter Thompson has stepped down from the interim CEO position that he has held for nearly one year. Thompson will remain executive chairman of the company's board of directors.

Purvin has 30 years of experience marketing consumer and medical products and is a member of the board of directors, audit committee, and finance committee and chair of the compensation committee at Cardica.

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In an against-all-odds twist, a researcher studying exceeding rare FOXG1 mutations discovers her daughter has the syndrome.

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