Pål Nyrén was named one of the European Patent Office's Inventors of the Year for his development of DNA pyrosequencing technology. Nyrén was one of five winners of the 2013 European Inventor Award, from a group of 15 total nominees from 11 countries. He is currently a professor of biochemistry at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in the Netherlands. Previously, he founded the company Biotage and was an associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Stockholm. He holds a PhD from the University of Stockholm.
BioNano Genomics has named Fahim Amini vice president of commercial operations in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He will be responsible for expanding BioNano's commercial reach of the Irys System. Most recently, Amini was director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Complete Genomics. He has also held commercial roles at Illumina and Affymetrix.
Illumina has elected Gerald Möller and David Walt to its board of directors for a three-year term until its annual meeting of stockholders in 2016. The firm has also elected Robert Epstein to its board for one year, until the annual meeting of stockholders in 2014.