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Winfried Girg, James Watson, Robert Menzi, Shanxiang Shen


Gyros of Uppsala, Sweden, has appointed Winfried Girg as sales manager for its new Munich-based sales office. Girg will spearhead the compact disc microfluidics array company’s sales efforts in Germany and Austria.

James Watson (not to be confused with the the Double Helix author) has joined San Francisco-based life sciences merchant bank Burrill & Co. as director in its strategic partnering services group. Watson will work on strategic collaborations, product and technology licensing, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Watson comes to Burrill from Incyte Genomics, where he was senior vice president of business development and marketing. He also worked as senior vice president of business development and general manager of ChemDex, headed the Wilkerson Group’s biotechnology practice, and served in numerous roles at Eli Lilly.

Watson received his MBA from Indiana University and a BA in economics from Portsmouth University in the UK.


Protiveris, a Gaithersburg, Md., microarray startup that uses silicon microcantilever technology, has appointed an executive management team: Robert Menzi, as COO; Sebastian Kossek as CSO; Raj Prabhakar as vice president of engineering, director of strategic planning and business development; Mohan Natesan as director of surface chemistr; and Shanxiang Shen as director of proteomics and biochemistry.

Menzi joins Protiveris from Raytheon, where he served in corporate development. Kosseck has served as a biosensor researcher at the laboratory for micro- and nano-structures of the Paul Scherrer Institut in Villigen, Switzerland, as well as in management at scanning probe maker Molecular Imaging. Seeley, who has been at Protiveris since 2000, had 17 years of prior experience at the Naval Research Laboratory developing space flight instrumentation and ground support equipment. Prabhakar comes to Protiveris from stem-cell therapeutics company Oriris Therapeutics, where he worked in corporate development and strategic planning. Naatesan also has experience at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he designed magnetic force microscopy-based biowarfare detection biosensors. Shen has been a staff fellow at the NIH and worked at the National institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ laboratory of biochemistry and metabolism.

The Scan

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.