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Rob Martienssen and Saraswathy Nochur

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Rob Martienssen, a plant genomics researcher at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, has been appointed a fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Martienssen is also a co-founder of Orion Genomics. He holds a BA from Cambridge University, and a PhD from the Plant Breeding Institute and Cambridge University.


Alnylam Pharmaceutics said that it has appointed Saraswathy Nochur as vice president of regulatory affairs.

She will be responsible for "leading the global regulatory strategy for the company's development-stage programs and overseeing regulatory operations," the company said.

Most recently, Nochur was vice president of regulatory affairs at The Medicines Company. Before that, she was director of product development and regulatory affairs at CereMedix. She holds a BS and MS in microbiology from the University of Bombay, and a PhD in engineering for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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