• Illumina (San Diego) named William Rastetter, PhD, non-executive chairman of the board and promoted John Stuelpnagel to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Rastetter continues full-time as the executive chairman of Biogen IDEC. Stuelpnagel is a founder of Illumina, which is developing tools for the large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. The company's BeadArray technology enables researchers to perform billions of tests to extract information from advances in genomics and proteomics.

Angela Dotson joined SmartPill Diagnostics (Buffalo, New York) as senior vice president, sales and marketing. Dotson was previously with Given Imaging, where she held the position of vice president of sales and medical education, North America. SmartPill Diagnostics is the developer of the SmartPill Capsule, a non-invasive, ingestible medical device that captures biomedical data from within the patient's GI tract.

Mike Bates will be responsible for finance and IT at St. Francis Medical Technologies (SFMT; Alameda, California). Bates most recently was CFO at Silicon Genetics. SFMT's first product, the X STOP Interspinous Process Decompression System for treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis, provides a minimally invasive alternative for spinal decompression.

Aron Anderson, PhD, has been promoted to vice president and chief scientific officer of SurModics (Eden Prairie, Minnesota), a provider of surface modification and drug delivery technologies to the medical device industry. Anderson, who has been with SurModics since 1991, was most recently director of drug delivery research and external technology.

Tom Lindsey has been appointed director of U.S. sales and marketing for Sutura (Fountain Valley, California). Previously, Lindsey previously was vice president of sales for two national biomedical equipment companies. Sutura has developed a line of minimally invasive vessel closure devices to suture the puncture created in the femoral artery during catheter-based procedures, primarily in the fields of cardiology and radiology.

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