Ronald Matricaria has been appointed to the board of directors of Invitrogen, the company announced last week. He replaces William Mercer, who is retiring. Matricaria was formerly the chairman and CEO of St. Jude Medical, where he increased revenues from $225 million to more than $1 billion. Prior to that, he worked for Eli Lilly, serving as CEO of Lilly subsidiary Cardiac Pacemakers and as executive vice president of the pharmaceutical division of Eli Lilly, in addition to other roles.

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