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BioRegion Newsmakers: May 29, 2009


Emory Univ. Licensing Associate Named New Executive Director of Southeast BIO

Jennifer Moore has been named the new executive director of Southeast BIO, also known as SEBIO, a public/private partnership formed in 1999 to promote the growth of the life sciences in the Southeast. Moore succeeds Stephanie Adams, who served as SEBIO's executive director for two years.

Moore joins SEBIO from Emory University in Atlanta, where she served as a licensing associate for the past four and a half years. She also worked with two organizations of professionals in the life-sci field, GeorgiaBio and the Association of University Technology Managers.

“Jennifer has worked directly with venture capital firms, emerging companies, and research institutions — SEBIO’s core constituencies,” Garheng Kong, chair of the SEBIO board of directors and a general partner with the Durham, NC, venture capital firm Intersouth Partners, said in a statement.

He said that Adams "made significant contributions both within the greater southeastern community on our behalf, and internally" — including organizing SEBIO's board of directors, and ensuring that its committees were working together for the benefit of the organization.

Moore graduated from the University of Virginia with a PhD in molecular physiology and biological physics, and from Lehigh University with a BSci in biochemistry.

Utah Technology Council Taps MediConnect CEO Amy Rees Anderson as New Trustee

The Utah Technology Council, which represents the state's 5,000 life science and high-tech companies, has named three new trustees to its board of directors:

Amy Rees Anderson, the CEO of Salt Lake City-based MediConnect Global, the developer of an online medical records repository with more than 5 million patient medical records. She has raised over $50 million in capital as founder and manager of several healthcare technology ventures.

Jeremy Hanks, an entrepreneur now overseeing his fourth startup, 9aisle, a developer of virtual inventory software for retailers and suppliers. Previously, he spearheaded the development of several Internet software businesses.

Timothy Hunt, an entrepreneur now launching Go Natural CNG, a venture focused on running vehicles on natural gas. He was most recently the general manager of North America for Certiport, the sole provider of Microsoft Office and Adobe certification exams worldwide.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.