Robert J. Brown has joined Atlanta-based Serologicals as vice president of corporate development. He will be responsibile for leading the corporate development activities in identifying, evaluating, and pursuing acquisition opportunities. Brown has over 22 years of experience in corporate development and licensing for major pharmaceutical companies, including 15 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb, where his experience included leading its corporate development function for the United States. Most recently, he was with Andrx Corporation as senior vice president of corporate development.
Entelos of Foster City, Calif., has appointed Charles Sholtz as vice president of legal affairs and intellectual property. Sholtz joins Entelos from Protein Mechanics, where he served as vice president of intellectual property. He has also held senior-level IP positions at Xenogen and the Affymax Research Institute.
Francis Crick, who with James Watson discovered and elucidated the double-helix structure of DNA, has passed away at age 88, according to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where Crick was a researcher and formerly served as president. Crick, who was suffering from colon cancer, died last Wednesday at Thornton Hospital of the University of California, San Diego.
Watson and Crick, along with their colleague Maurice Wilkins, won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery.
Genomatica, a San Diego-based computational systems biology company, has named George Church, Leroy Hood, Eugene Myers, and Bernhard Palsson to its scientific advisory board. Palsson is a professor of bioengineering and adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and the co-founder of Genomatica. Church is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Lipper Center for Computational Genetics. Church helped initiate the Human Genome Project in 1984, and helped found the Stanford, MIT, and Waltham Genome Centers. Hood is co-founder and president of the Institute for Systems Biology. Myers is currently a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and former vice president of informatics research at Celera Genomics.