Daniel Florin has been named senior VP and CFO of Biomet (Warsaw, Indiana), effective June 5. Florin is currently VP and corporate controller for Boston Scientific where he has held that position for the past six years. Biomet makes products used primarily by musculoskeletal medical specialists in both surgical and non-surgical therapy.

The Burnham Institute for Medical Research (La Jolla, California) has recruited Elizabeth Gianini as VP of external relations for Burnham at Lake Nona, Orlando. Gianini will join Burnham on July 9 from her current position as chief of staff to Mayor Richard Crotty. Burnham Institute conducts collaborative research to find cures for human disease.

Venture capital firm M Canaan Partners (Menlo Park, California) reported that venture partner Wende Hutton has been named a general partner. Hutton joined Canaan in 2004 and has helped lead investments in medical device, diagnostic and biotechnology companies.

Anthony Purchio, PhD, has been named chief scientific officer for Numira Biosciences (Irvine, California). Previously, Purchio was VP and chief scientific officer at Xenogen. Numira is a specialty R&D tools company focused on advances in genetics and molecular imaging.

Thomas Underwood was named executive VP of technology for Matria Healthcare (Marietta, Georgia). Underwood previously was president of global shared services for First Consulting group. Matria is a provider of health enhancement programs to health plans, employers and government agencies.

• MedQuist (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey) said that Frank Lavelle, its current president, and Linda Reino, the company's COO, will be resigning to pursue other opportunities. Howard Hoffmann, who has served as CEO for nearly three years, will take over the responsibilities of president. Mark Ivie, the company's chief technology officer, and Michael Clark, senior VP of operations, will together assume COO responsibilities. MedQuist is a provider of electronic medical transcription, health information and document management products and services.

Doug Grossman-McKee, PhD, has been named VP of clinic operations for Whole Health Management (Cleveland). Grossman-McKee formerly spent 15 years at the Progressive Corporation where he served as human resource manager, employee assistance program manager and as a senior manager for the on-site Health Service department. Whole Health operates on-site health clinics and wellness centers.

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