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Allen Baum, Joshua Elliott, Jim Reid, Jon Baggett, Dan Burk

IP Law Firm Adds Two Patent Lawyers in Expansion to Raleigh, NC, Tied to RTP Clients
Allen Baum and Joshua Elliott have joined Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione as part of an expansion by the intellectual property law firm into Raleigh, NC.
Baum and Elliott will be partners with Brinks Hofer effective with the July 15 opening of the Raleigh office, which will focus on clients within Research Triangle Park, especially generic pharmaceutical companies, after previously working for the Hutchison Law Group.
Baum is a patent attorney focused in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biochemistry and biotechnology. Before and during law school, Baum was a pharmaceutical chemist for DuPont, Merck Pharmaceuticals, and SmithKline Beecham. He is a past president of the Licensing Executives Society, an organization of more than 6,000 licensing professionals in the US and Canada. He has also served as the chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Chemical/Biotechnology Committee.
Baum received a BSci degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., and received a law degree from Widener University School of Law.
Elliott’s practice is focused on patent law matters relating to biochemistry and biotechnology. His clients include companies involved in proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, antibodies, pharmaceuticals, proteomics, and RNA interference.
Elliott received a BSci degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa; and a law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, where he was a Loren M. Berry Scholar and a member of the University of Dayton Law Review.

CBRE Executive Appointed to White House National Infrastructure Advisory Council
Jim Reid, president of the US Eastern division of real estate giant CB Richard Ellis Group, has been appointed by President Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Reid — the only representative of the commercial real estate industry among the members of the board — was sworn in to his position July 8.
Established in October 2001, the NIAC advises Bush, through homeland security Secretary Michael Chertoff, on the security of critical infrastructures, both physical and cyber, that support US security and economic sectors. Reid is one of 30 appointees that comprise the NIAC, whose members are senior-level executives representing major sectors of the economy — energy, banking and finance, transportation, information technology and manufacturing — as well as leaders from academia, state and local government, and law enforcement.
Reid oversees more than 60 CBRE offices, in markets that include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Washington, DC. He previously served as chairman of CBRE’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa division, and earlier held leadership positions at Cushman & Wakefield, the Charles E. Smith Companies, and a Jones Lang LaSalle predecessor, Jones Lang Wootton.
Reid received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BSci degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.

SC’s Dorchester County Taps State Commerce Dept. Official as Economic Development Director
Jon Baggett has been appointed economic development director for South Carolina’s Dorchester County. He succeeds Jim Friar, who plans to retire this fall.
Baggett previously worked for South Carolina’s Department of Commerce, where he assisted several upstate counties in formulating economic development strategies, and also helped Greenwood, SC, secure grants to revitalize its downtown arts district.
In an interview with the Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, SC, Baggett said Dorchester County had a good chance of attracting companies in the biotechnology and automotive industries, and that local workers offered a variety of skill levels.
Badgett also told the newspaper he would visit China as part of an effort to draw to the county overseas businesses seeking to capitalize on the weak US dollar; and promote business growth toward the county's upper end near St. George. While the area has lacked infrastructure, the Dorchester County Council last week tried to address that issue, and stoke new development, by approving an expansion of St. George’s sewer plant.
"That'll be the biggest stumbling block we overcome in that area," he told the Post and Courier.
A native of Walterboro, SC, Baggett holds a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina.

U of Minnesota Biotech Law Expert Named to Inaugural Faculty of UC Irvine School of Law
Dan Burk, a professor who specializes in biotechnology and cyber law, has been named to the faculty of the new University of California, Irvine, School of Law, set to welcome its first students in fall 2009.
Formerly a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, Burk is an intellectual property law professor who focuses on studying the legal and societal impact of new technologies and has written articles on the regulation of biotechnology, scientific misconduct, and intellectual property implications of global computer networks.
In a July 9 press release issued by the law school, Burk said he became interested in the intersection of science and law in 1987, following the first criminal conviction in the US based on DNA profiling evidence.
At U of M, Burk helped develop a joint degree program in law, health, and the life sciences, and was recently named a residential fellow at the university’s Institute for Advanced Study. He joined the U of M Law School faculty in fall 2000 as professor of law and Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar, Burk held the Julius Davis Chair in Law during 2001-02, and now holds the Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly Professorship in Law.
Earlier, Burk taught at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. From 1991 to 1993 he was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School. He has also taught as a visiting professor at numerous institutions, including Cornell Law School; Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley; the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; University of Tilburg Law Faculty; and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law.
He also taught as a visitor at George Mason University School of Law; Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University; the Ohio State University Programme at Oxford; and the Program for Management in the Network Economy at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy.
Burk received a BSci degree in microbiology in 1985 from Brigham Young University; an MSci degree in molecular biology and biochemistry in 1987 from Northwestern University; a JD degree in 1990 from Arizona State University; and a JSM degree in 1994 from Stanford University.

The Scan

Study Tracks Off-Target Gene Edits Linked to Epigenetic Features

Using machine learning, researchers characterize in BMC Genomics the potential off-target effects of 19 computed or experimentally determined epigenetic features during CRISPR-Cas9 editing.

Coronary Artery Disease Risk Loci, Candidate Genes Identified in GWAS Meta-Analysis

A GWAS in Nature Genetics of nearly 1.4 million coronary artery disease cases and controls focused in on more than 200 candidate causal genes, including the cell motility-related myosin gene MYO9B.

Multiple Sclerosis Contributors Found in Proteome-Wide Association Study

With a combination of genome-wide association and brain proteome data, researchers in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology tracked down dozens of potential multiple sclerosis risk proteins.

Quality Improvement Study Compares Molecular Tumor Boards, Central Consensus Recommendations

With 50 simulated cancer cases, researchers in JAMA Network Open compared molecular tumor board recommendations with central consensus plans at a dozen centers in Japan.