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People in the News: Jul 27, 2011

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Verinata Health has announced appointments to its sales, marketing, and bioinformatics team.

The company has appointed Noah Nasser to vice president of sales and market development. Nasser joins Verinata from Quidel, where he served as the business unit manager for molecular diagnostics. Previously, he served as general manager of Quidel's specialty products group, where he focused on the development and commercialization of esoteric products for women's health. He holds a BS in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Verinata has appointed Suzanne Yokota to vice president of marketing and commercial operations. She joined the company in October 2010 as senior director of commercial operations. Prior to joining Verinata, Yokota served as commercial director at molecular diagnostics company Satoris, and also held various leadership positions at Affymetrix, where she launched the company's CLIA services laboratory for diagnostic services of microarray-based products, headed the North American marketing group, and expanded the company's international distributor network in Japan and Asia.

Xitong Li
has been named Verinata's director of bioinformatics, joining the company from Genomic Health, where he was associate director of bioinformatics. Prior to Genomic Health, Li held various positions at Ingenuity Systems and Novartis. He holds a PhD in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology from the University of Rochester, an MS in biophysics from the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a BS in biophysics from Fudan University in Shanghai.


Eckard Wimmer, professor at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has been awarded the M.W. Beijerninck Virology Prize by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The award, given every three years, was awarded to Wimmer for his contributions to the RNA virology field and in particular his work on poliovirus.

His discoveries have included the complete sequence of poliovirus genome, the antigenic structure of the poliovirion, and a novel mechanism of translation regulation in eukaryotic viral mRNAs by unusually large RNA segments in viral genomes.

He has had faculty appointments at the University of Illinois, St. Louis University School of Medicine, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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