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Christoph Franz, Richard Lifton, etc.

Roche said that Christoph Franz has been reelected as chairman of the board. Nine other board members were also reelected to one-year terms, while two new board members were elected. 

Rejoining Roche's board are André Hoffmann, Pius Baschera; John Bell; Paul Bulcke; DeAnne Julius; Andreas Oeri; Roche CEO Severin Schwan; Peter Voser; and Beatrice Weder di Mauro. Richard Lifton and Bernhard Poussot were elected as new board members. 

Lifton is the Sterling Professor of Genetics and a professor of medicine at Yale University, where he is also chair of the genetics department. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. 

Poussot is the former chairman and CEO of Wyeth and currently serves on the boards of other organizations including the Max Planck Institute.

The Scan

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