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Here are the latest personnel changes from medical device, diagnostics and life science companies around the nation. For more recent hirings and firings, check out MassDevice’s compilation of the latest personnel moves.

  • Siemens taps Harvard prof to replace interim health care CEO
    Siemens AG’s (NYSE:SI) healthcare division tapped neuro-radiologist Dr. Gregory Sorenson to replace Randy Hall as CEO of Siemens Healthcare in the U.S. and Canada. Hall has acted as interim CEO since April 2010, when former CEO Michael Reitermann moved to a new role in the company’s diagnostics division. Sorenson, 49, is the co-director of the A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass. General Hospital. The appointment is effective June 1.
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  • Comparative effectiveness institute names first director
    The controversial Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute named healthcare researcher Joe Selby as its first executive director. Selby is a health services researcher who has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. He oversees a staff of more than 550 as director of division research at Kaiser Permanente. As a family physician, clinical epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Selby said he’d like to use his position at the institute to "make a difference in the lives of patients."

    Selby will identify opportunities and issues, and implement programs under the authority of PCORI’s board of governors. A key component of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, the institute is an independent non-profit organization focused on comparative effectiveness research, which examines health outcomes and effectiveness of various medical treatments. The effort has met with much criticism from those who argue that comparative effectiveness research negatively affects patient options by giving preference to one-size-fits-all treatments that fail to consider unique patient circumstances.
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  • Foundation Medicine names new CEO
    Cambridge-based cancer diagnostics startup Foundation Medicine Inc. appointed former GE Healthcare head Michael Pellini as president and CEO. He replaces founding CEO Alexis Borisy, who will take the role of chairman of the board of directors.
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  • Welch Allyn president & CEO to join U.S. Commerce Innovation Advisory Board
    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke named Julie Shimer, president and CEO of Welch Allyn and a member of the Advanced Medical Technology Assn.’s board, to an Innovation Advisory Board assigned to develop a study of America’s innovative capacity and global economic competitiveness. Over the weekend Shimer was also tapped by New York governor Andrew Cuomo to chair the Empire State Development Corp.
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  • University of the Sciences board of trustees elects two new members
    The USciences Board of Trustees elected Marvin Samson, CEO of Samson Medical Technologies, as chairman and Richard Howard, CEO of Advanced Pharmacy Services, as vice chairman. The election follows the recent retirement announcement of chairman Dr. Delbert Payne, who was subsequently elected emeritus trustee.
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  • Stem cell startup iPierian axes top execs
    San Francisco-based stem cell startup iPierian, with high-profile backers including GlaxoSmithKline, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures and Biogen Idec, terminated several members of the excutive team over the last month. The departures have not been publically announced, but roles have been updated on the company’s website.
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  • Abiomed board member steps down
    Desmond O’Connell Jr., an Abiomed (NSDQ:ABMD) board member since 1995, announced that he will not stand for reelection at the company’s 2011 stockholders’ meeting.
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  • Echo Therapeutics appoints new CFO
    Christopher Schnittker joined Echo Therapeutics Inc. (OTC:ECTE) as CFO, taking over from COO Harry Mitchell.
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  • Angeion announces new CFO and VP of engineering
    Angeion Corp. (NSDQ:ANGN) named Rob Wolf as CFO and Mark Gryzwa as vice president of engineering, effective today. Wolf and Gryzwa report to Angeion president and CEO Phil Smith.
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  • CommScope completes acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Telecom
    CommScope Holding Company, has completed its previously announced acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless businesses, a leader in fiber optic connectivity for wireline and wireless networks. The all-cash transaction, valued at approximately $3 billion, strengthens CommScope’s position as a leading communications infrastructure provider with deeper resources to meet the world’s growing demand for network […]
  • SPI awards IKO Prosthetic Creative System the Student Design International Design Excellence Award
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  • New assay could revolutionize diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening disease
    Invasive Fungal Disease (IFD) is an emerging global health problem associated with high mortality rates in severely immunocompromised patients, such as those undergoing intensive chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation, and in patients suffering immune compromising conditions such as AIDS. The most common causative agents of this disease have been identified as Candida and Aspergillus species, […]
  • Molex delivers ISO 13485-compliant, medical-grade surgical cables from its class 100,000 clean room facility
    Molex, LLC operates a fully ISO 146441-1:1999 Class 8-certified clean room, satisfying strict particulate contamination levels specified by ISO-compliant requirements. Located in Thailand, the facility has less than 100,000 particulates (≥0.5µm) per cubic foot of air and manufactures a variety of ISO 13485-compliant medical cables and surgical cables used in operating theatres, hospitals, laboratories and […]
  • Swept-Source OCT: Patent license agreement between Massachusetts General Hospital and Heidelberg Engineering
    Heidelberg Engineering has entered into a patent license agreement with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. The agreement grants global and exclusive rights to 77 basic patents and patent applications which relate to swept-source OCT technology and its application in ophthalmology. Spectral domain OCT has become indispensable to eye care professionals worldwide to diagnose and […]
  • MIT’s MultiFab presents a stark challenge to incumbent 3D Printer manufacturers’ hardware, software, and business Models
    MIT’s Computational Fabrication Group recently announced the MultiFab, a low-cost 3D printer that can combine up to 10 different resins in one part and also includes a 3D scanning system to identify and fix errors during production. According to Lux Research, these capabilities are rare in commercial 3D printers today due to the manufacturers’ need […]
  • AVX releases Accu-P MP medical grade film chip capacitors for medical devices
    AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new series of thin film chip capacitors specifically designed to meet the demanding performance specifications for implantable medical devices. Delivering extremely tight capacitive tolerances, exceptionally repeatable performance, and remarkably low ESR and high Q at high frequencies—including VHF, UHF, and RF […]
  • RIVANNA commences manufacturing of its Accuro device
    Rivanna Medical announced that it has begun manufacturing its FDA-cleared Accuro device, a handheld and untethered smart-phone-sized device that is designed to guide spinal anesthesia with automated 3D navigation technology in addition to ultrasound imaging of abdominal, musculoskeletal, cardiac and peripheral vascular anatomies. The product will be launched at the ASA annual meeting in San […]

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