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Bill Linton, Peter Coggins, Lukas Braunschweiler, Benjamin Bulkley, Joel McComb, Brian McKernan, and Volker Pfahlert


Bill Linton, chairman and CEO of Promega, has been elected chairman of the Analytical and Life Science Systems Association, the molecular-biology tools industry trade group said last month.

Linton succeeds Joe Keegan of Molecular Devices.

ALSSA also elected as vice chairman/chair-elect Peter Coggins, president of PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences.

In addition, five new members were elected to the ALSSA board: Lukas Braunschweiler, president and CEO of Dionex; Benjamin Bulkley, senior vice president of commercial operations of Invitrogen; Joel McComb, president of discovery systems of GE Healthcare; Brian McKernan, CEO of Agencourt Bioscience; and Volker Pfahlert, head of Roche Applied Science.

The Scan

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Sandwich Sampling

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