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Paired Ends: Alexandre Mérieux, Ryan Taft, Robert Darnell

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Alexandre Mérieux has assumed the role of CEO at BioMérieux. He previously was a deputy chief executive officer and corporate vice president of microbiology unit and manufacturing and supply operations at the company.


Ryan Taft has joined Illumina as director of scientific research.

Taft is laboratory head and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He holds a BSc in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Davis. Taft will maintain a joint appointment with UQ while working for Illumina.


Robert Darnell has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Darnell is president, CEO, and scientific director of the New York Genome Center. He is also a senior physician at the Rockefeller University Hospital and an adjunct attending neuro-oncologist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Previously, he was the Heilbrunn Professor at the Rockefeller University and a Howard Hughes Institute Investigator.

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