Richard DeLateur has joined Fluidigm (South San Francisco, California) as CFO. DeLateur has 25 years of finance, general management and business development experience, including 20 years at Intel. After his departure from Intel, he was CFO of Topspin Communications, acquired by Cisco Systems in May 2005. Fluidigm develops systems for analysis and synthesis of biomolecules in nano- and pico-volume environments.

Mark Vachon has been promoted to president and CEO of GE Healthcare's (Waukesha, Wisconsin) Diagnostic Imaging business. He replaces Reinaldo Garcia, who has been named president and CEO of GE Healthcare-International, based in Buc, France. Garcia will drive the company's expansion plans in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Vachon is a veteran of GE with a variety of commercial, marketing and financial experience. He spent a number of years within the company's Appliances business in various posts, then was promoted in April 1998 to vice president of investor relations at the GE corporate level. In January 2002, he became executive vice president and CFO of NBC and in July 2003, he was appointed executive vice president and CFO of GE Healthcare.

• MicroIslet (San Diego), a developer of technologies in the field of transplantation therapy for people with insulin-dependent diabetes, has appointed James Gavin III, MD, PhD, as its interim president and CEO. Gavin has been a member of MicroIslet's board of directors since March 2001. He currently serves as clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and as executive vice president for clinical affairs for Healing our Village, a multifaceted health education/media organization devoted to improving the management of chronic diseases, especially in underserved groups. He also serves as national director of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. John Steel IV, founder and current chairman and CEO, will remain a director, and will assume the title of director of corporate development. John Hagenbuch, currently a member of MicroIslet's board of directors, will become chairman of the board. Hagenbuch has served as a director of MicroIslet since April 2005, and is co-founder and chairman of M&H Realty Partners. In addition, the company appointed Kevin Hainley as interim CFO. Hainley was CFO and secretary of Ontro, from 1996 to 2003, and has served as a financial and accounting consultant from 2004 to the present. Haro Hartounian, PhD, has announced his intention to resign as an officer and as a member of the board, effective Feb. 17, after six years of service.

Thomas Bocchino has been appointed vice president, finance and CFO of New Brunswick Scientific (Edison, New Jersey), replacing Samuel Eichenbaum, who will retire at the end of the year. For the past five years, Bocchino was CFO of IVC Industries, now a subsidiary of Inverness Medical Innovations. New Brunswick Scientific is a global provider of research equipment and scientific instrumentation for use in the life science industry.

Cardiac Science Chairman Raymond Cohen has been appointed to the board of directors of Syncroness (Westminster, Colorado), an outsourced engineering product design and development firm, signifying its expansion into medical technology markets. Cohen is chairman of the board of Cardiac Science, a developer of advanced cardiac monitoring and defibrillation products formed by the September merger of Quinton Cardiology Systems and Cardiac Science, where Cohen served as CEO for the past nine years.

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