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Montana Prof. Goes on Proteomics Tour; Gene Myers Joins 454 SAB; Confirmant Lauches SAB; and Others

NEW YORK, March 12 - Edward Dratz , a chemistry professor at Montana State University , will journey eastward on a proteomics-themed sabbatical, traveling to the Medical College of Wisconsin , the University of Wisconsin  and to the Mayo Clinic , to work with mass spectrometers, the Montana State University News service said today in a report on the school's sabbatical approvals.


Dratz, whose lab studies membrane receptor, amplifier, and adhesion proteins, received his PhD from the University of California , Berkeley , and completed postdocs at Berkeley and MIT . He is seeking NSF funding to start a proteomics research and training facility at MSU.

Bertrand Damour  has been promoted to CEO of GeneProt , the company said March 11.


Damour was previously serving as co-chair of GeneProt's operating committee since GeneProt CEO and founder Cedric Loiret-Bernal  left the Geneva-based proteomics company in April. Prior to that, he served as CFO.


Damour holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management  at Northwestern University , as well as a master's of engineering degree in nuclear physics from the Institut des Sciences de la Matière et du Rayonnement in France, and a master's degree in accounting and business administration from the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises .


Brad Popovich has been named the chairman of Tm Bioscience 's scientific advisory board, and has also been appointed to the company's board of directors, the company said March 11. Tm, of Toronto , has also appointed David Cole  to the SAB.


Popovich is vice president of operations at Xenon Genetics  of Burnaby, British Columbia. Previously, he directed the DNA diagnostic laboratory and clinical genetic laboratories at Oregon Health Sciences University , and served as director of the molecular genetic laboratory at Children's H ospital of San Diego . He is also vice president, laboratory genetics, of the American College of   Medical Genetics .


Cole is deputy chief of the department of clinical pathology at the Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Center in Toronto , senior scientist with the University Health Network Research Institute 's division of genomic medicine, and a professor of laboratory medicine at the University of Toronto .


Eugene Myers has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of 454 Life Sciences , the Curagen instrumentation spinout said March 11.


Myers is currently a professor of computer science at the University of California , Berkeley .  He was vice president of research at Celera Genomics  until last fall, and has developed numerous bioinformatics tools, including BLAST, Faktory, and the pattern matching language Anrep. He is also associate editor for the Journal of Computational Biology .


Confirmant has launched a scientific advisory board and has appointed Graham Cameron , Duncan Campbell , and Michael Liebman as members, the company said March 10.


Cameron is associate director of the European Bioinformatics Institute  in Cambridge , UK ; Campbell is director of the Medical Research Council's HGMP Resource Center  on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus , and Liebman is director of computational biology and biomedical informatics at the University of Pennsylvania 's Abramson Cancer Center .


The Abingdon UK company, a joint venture of Oxford Glycosciences  and Marconi , markets a "protein atlas of the human genome."

John W. Kozarich , CEO and CSO of ActivX Biosciences , has been appointed to the board of directors of Ligand Pharmaceuticals  in San Diego , the company said March 6.


In addition to heading up La Jolla-based ActivX, which studies  disease mechanisms by analyzing protein activity, Kozarich also is a biotechnology professor at Scripps Research Institute . He has previously served as vice president at Merck Research Laboratories , and held faculty positions at Yale  and the University of Maryland .


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