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Marc Levine, Alan Sherr, Bill Efcavitch, Larry Wellman

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Marc Levine joined Helicos BioSciences as vice president of product development in June. Most recently, he was a senior vice president of product development at Axcelis Technologies. Prior to that, he spent 25 years at Teradyne, a semiconductor test equipment company, where he held executive positions in engineering, enabling technology, general management, sales, and customer service. Levine holds an MS in computer engineering from Stanford University and a BS in computer science and engineering from MIT.
 
Helicos has also promoted Bill Efcavitch to senior vice president and chief technology officer. He was previously senior VP of R&D. Efcavitch joined Helicos in 2004 after spending more than 20 years at Applied Biosystems, most recently as business manager for the company’s microarray product line. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from Ohio University and a BA in chemistry from La Salle University.
 
Earlier this year, Alan Sherr joined Helicos as vice president of intellectual property. Most recently, he was vice president and chief counsel for licensing at Affymetrix. He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law, an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
 

 
Concurrent with its expansion to Gaithersburg, Md. (see Short Reads, this issue), OpGen has hired Larry Wellman as vice president of human resources. Prior to joining the company, he was vice president of human resources at Digene, now part of Qiagen. Wellman holds an MBA in finance and a BS in industrial relations from Indiana University.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.