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AT A GLANCE Received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

In life there may be no second acts, but in life sciences management, there apparently are: Lewis Gruber, the formerly embattled CEO of Hyseq has just launched Arryx, a new Chicago-based venture that will manufacture bioarrays.

Instrumentation maker Ventana Medical Systems and Becton Dickinson subsidiary Clontech Laboratories have agreed to co-market their microarray products.

Japan has lately been making quite a show of its interest in the DNA biochip and microarray market. Every week or two reports of newly developed technologies appear, the government has launched two multi-year research projects, and the domestic microarray leader, Takara Shuzo, entered the global market earlier this year, becoming the first Japanese company to do so.

NGS-ArrayIt, a joint venture between Neo Gen Screening of Bridgeville, Pa. and TeleChem/ Arrayit.com, of Sunnyvale, Calif., has recently inked contracts to use microarrays to screen over a million newborn babies per year for genetic hearing loss disorders.

PerkinElmer, which agreed to acquire Packard Bioscience in a $650 million stock deal announced July 16, said it valued Packard s liquid handling and sample preparation capabilities but was also interested in using Packard s biochip instrumentation for protein chips.

PATENT WATCH: Jul 13, 2001

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Yale University was awarded US Patent Number 6,255,082 for a technique of amplifying and cloning long nucleic acid sequences.

MWG Biotech of Ebersberg, Germany, has launched RoboSmart, a new sample preparation lab robot that performs completely auto-mated plasmid or PCR product purification, including setting up, processing, and purifying the sequencing reac

On June 24, a day before Genometrix closed its doors, founder and chief executive officer Mitch Eggers resigned from the Woodlands, TX-based microarray services and gene expression software company to start a new genomics company.

AT A GLANCE Graduated in 1987 from Cardiff University, in Cardiff, Wales, UK, with a degree in biochemistry. Became technical support manager under Martin Evans and Peter Kille for the Cardiff University RNA Expression Center in April 2000.

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