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Tim Harris, Francis Collins

Tim Harris has left his post as senior director of research at Helicos BioSciences to become associate director of the applied physics and instrumentation group at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Va. He started his new appointment Sept. 1.
Harris was the principal investigator on Helicos’ 2006 Advanced Sequencing Technology grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute, which will remain with the company. He will continue to consult for Helicos.
Helicos said it is not seeking to fill Harris’ position and that his responsibilities have been taken over by co-workers. In addition, vice president and chief scientific officer Patrice Milos has grown her research group “to now encompass a significant component of genomic sciences in order to demonstrate the utility” of the Helicos platform, according to the company.
Prior to joining Helicos in 2004, Harris held research positions at SEQ and Bell Labs, where he spent 18 years.
Harris holds a BS in chemistry from California Polytechnic State University and a PhD in analytical chemistry from Purdue University.

Francis Collins has won the Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. He is the former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. The annual prize, which comes with a $25,000 cash award, honors outstanding international ethical leaders.

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