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Robert Hurley, John Rogers, Stephen DeFalco, Lorah Perlee, Paulette Gray


Beckman Coulter said last week that Robert Hurley has been named vice president of human resources and corporate communications effective May 23.

Hurley joins Beckman Coulter from Baxter International, where he is currently corporate vice president of restructuring. Hurley joined Baxter/American Hospital Supply in 1980, and held various positions in the company, including vice president of human resources, and corporate vice president and president of Baxter Japan/China. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Georgia, and served as a captain in the US Army from 1971 to 1980.

MDS announced this week that CEO John Rogers will retire by the end of the year, after serving as boss of the health sciences company for nine years. Rogers will be succeeded by Stephen DeFalco, who is currently the chairman and CEO of US Genomics. DeFalco will become chief operating officer on June 6, and CEO when Rogers retires from the company, which he has been with for 33 years.

Lorah Perlee has been named director of scientific applications at Protedyne, the company said this week. Prior to joining the high-throughput solutions provider, Perlee held senior administrative and investigative positions at Molecular Staging, DiagXotics, and Lifecodes.

Paulette Gray has become director of the division of extramural activities of the National Cancer Institute, NCI said last week. She had been the division's deputy director, then acting and deputy director, since 1997. The division of extramural activities coordinates all of NCI's extramural programs and grants. Gray joined NCI in 1984 as a special review officer, moving to different positions from there. She holds a PhD in cellular and developmental biology and an MS in mycology from Atlanta University, and a BS in biology from Tuskegee University in Alabama.

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