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John Conley, Mark Lotz, Stelios Papadopoulos, Sir Edwin Southern, Mike Catelani, Chris Johnson, and Robert Wicke


Alnylam CFO John Conley has resigned his position from the company, according to a recent Alnylam filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to Alnylam, Conley’s departure became effective Jan. 31. Additional details were unavailable.

Mark Lotz has become vice president for regulatory affairs of MediciNova, the company said last week. Prior to joining the company, he worked as executive director of regulatory affairs at Isis Pharmaceuticals.

Stelios Papadopoulos has been appointed to the board of directors of Beyond Genomics, the company said this week. He is a vice chairman of SG Cowen Securities and covers biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry as an investment banker. Papadopoulos holds a PhD in biophysics and an MBA in finance from New York University.

Sir Edwin Southern of Oxford University received the 2004 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities award at the group’s conference in Portland, Ore., on Monday. The award recognized his achievements in nucleic acid hybridization.

Axon Instruments promoted three employees to newly created vice presidential positions this week.

Mike Catelani has become vice president and CFO, Chris Johnson vice president for hardware engineering, and Robert Wicke vice president for software engineering.

Catelani had been Axon’s director of finance since 2002. Prior to joining the company, he was vice president of finance for Kirell Energy Systems. Catelani holds an MBA from the University of California, Davis, and a BSc in business administration/accountancy from California State University, Sacramento.

Johnson was promoted from director of hardware engineering. Before joining Axon, he was director of product engineering at Silicon Valley Group. Johnson holds an MS in electrical engineering and engineering management from Santa Clara University and two BS degrees, in mechanical and electrical engineering, from the University of California, Davis.

Previously, Wicke served as director of software engineering. He holds an MS in mathematical visualization from the University of Oregon and a BA in mathematics and computer science from Drew University.

The Scan

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