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Bruce Alberts, John St. Amand

Bruce Alberts has been named as new editor-in-chief of Science. Alberts, who is president emeritus of the US National Academy of Sciences and a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, will start his new appointment on March 1, 2008.
Alberts will succeed Donald Kennedy, president emeritus of Stanford University, who has been Science’s editor-in-chief since 2000. Alberts holds a PhD from Harvard University. After spending 10 years on the faculty of Princeton University, he moved to UCSF, where he later became chair. He is one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a leading textbook.

John St. Amand has joined Highland Capital Partners as a venture partner, the company said last week. He is the founder and former CEO of Telica, a Highland-backed company. St. Amand holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MSEE from Northeastern University. Highland Capital Partners is an investor of Helicos BioSciences.

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