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Paired Ends: Stephen Quake, George Church


The Human Frontier Science Program Organization has awarded Stephen Quake the 2013 Nakasone Award for his work developing technologies in biophysics, biological automation, genome analysis, and personalized medicine.

Quake is a professor of bioengineering and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Stanford University. He is also a co-founder of Helicos and Fluidigm.

George Church has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of Gen9, which develops gene synthesis technologies. He is also a cofounder of the company; a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School; director of, and has co-founded a number of companies, including Knome, Pathogenica, and Alacris.

The Scan

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