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PEOPLE : Bioengineer Is Named As First CEO, President Of Houston-Based Biotechnology Start-Up Firm; Obituaries

Mitchell D. Eggers, a bioengineer who headed the bioelectronics division of The Woodlands, Texas-based Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), is the first president and CEO of a new biotechnology company in the Houston area called Genometrix Inc. The new firm opened its doors on August 1. Temporarily housed at HARC, a nonprofit research organization that conducts biomedical studies, Genometrix will be targeting its efforts toward

Neeraja Sankaran
Bioengineer Is Named As First CEO, President Of Houston-Based Biotechnology Start-Up Firm Mitchell D. Eggers, a bioengineer who headed the bioelectronics division of The Woodlands, Texas-based Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), is the first president and CEO of a new biotechnology company in the Houston area called Genometrix Inc. The new firm opened its doors on August 1.

Temporarily housed at HARC, a nonprofit research organization that conducts biomedical studies, Genometrix will be targeting its efforts toward developing and manufacturing novel instrumentation for health care and biotechnology that combines microelectronics and molecular biology. Such devices would result in quicker, cheaper diagnostic methods, according to Eggers.

"We want to miniaturize the laboratory--from test tubes to microchips, and from days to minutes," he says.

Currently, Genometrix's researchers are working on developing two instruments: a bioscanner, a high-speed, sensitive instrument to provide images of samples tagged with fluorescent, radioactive, or chemiluminescent labels; and...

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