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People in the News: Apr 5, 2011 (rev. 1)

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Roche Diagnostics has appointed Robert Yates to head Roche Applied Science. He succeeds Manfred Baier, who will retire from the company at the end of the year. Yates will report to Roche Diagnostics COO Daniel ODay.

Most recently, Yates served as Roche Diagnostics' global head of business development and licensing. He has also held leadership positions in R&D, engineering and process management within Roche Diagnostics, both in the company's Indianapolis facility and in Roche's headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

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