NEW YORK, March 5 -- John Carpenter, the co-founder of the University of Colorado's center for pharmaceutical biotechnology, and Joshua Wand, chair of the University of Pennsylvania's graduate group in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, have been appointed to the scientific advisory board of Houston-based proteomic informatics company RedStorm Scientific, the company said today.

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