Alan Farnsworth has been named senior VP of customer service & information technology and CIO of Bausch & Lomb (Rochester, New York). Farnsworth remains a corporate vice president. Farnsworth joined Bausch & Lomb in 1988 as VP, business development, for the former international division. Bausch & Lomb is an eye health company.

Keith Schneck has been named executive VP/CFO of eResearchTechnology (Philadelphia). He previously was EVP/CFO of Neoware. eResearch is a provider of technology and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.

Terek Peterson has been named director of clinical programming at Octagon Research Solutions (Wayne, Pennsylvania). Previously, Peterson was senior manager, statistical programming global biometrics for Shire. Octagon is a provider of software and services for the life sciences.

New officers and members of the board of directors of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS; Chicago) took office on July 1. Charles Christian and Liz Johnson, RN, began their terms as chair and vice chair, respectively. They replace chair John Wade, and vice chair Victoria Bradley, RN. Christian is director of information systems and CIO of Good Samaritan Hospital. Johnson is VP of applied clinical informatics for Tenet Health System. HIMSS is a healthcare industry organization focused on providing leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology and management systems for healthcare.

John Hartnett was named executive VP/COO of Tepha (Lexington, Massachusetts). Hartnett joins Tepha following an 18-year career with Boston Scientific, where he most recently was VP of strategic planning and business development. Tepha makes resorbable polymers.

TheraGenetics (Cambridge, Massachusetts) reported the appointment of two industry veterans to newly created positions: Susan Bromley, PhD, to global head of R&D and Kenneth Milne, PhD, to UK director of R&D. Bromley most recently was VP of diagnostic product development at Xceed Molecular. Milne most recently was new marker executive and intellectual property officer for Axis-Shield. TheraGenetics is a personalized medicine diagnostics company that makes a portfolio of pharmacogenetic diagnostic tests to guide and improve the treatment of central nervous system disorders.

Sonic Innovations (Salt Lake City) has named Michael Nilsson as VP of auditory research and director of the Center for Amplification and Hearing Research. Nilsson joined Sonic Innovations in May 1998 as a researcher and became director of the Center for Amplification and Hearing Research in January 2006. Sonic Innovations makes hearing products.

Ron Ho was named president/CEO of U-Systems (San Jose, California). Previously, Ho was president/CEO of Metron Systems. U-Systems makes dedicated breast ultrasound systems.

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