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BioRegion Newsmakers: Feb 23, 2009


Executive Director Named for TECworks, New Entrepreneurial Support Program

Jan Bouten has been named executive director of TECworks, a new Memphis Bioworks Foundation program aimed at advancing support of biotech entrepreneurs and the commercialization of their technologies.

Bouten was formerly a venture partner with Aurora Funds, based in the Research Triangle area. He is the second Aurora Funds executive recruited to Tennessee in recent months, following Grant Jackson, who recently became a general partner at Nashville-based Council Ventures, the online business news service Venture Nashville reported.

Johns Hopkins Senior Scientist Joins Scientific Advisory Board of Commercialization Services Firm

David Silver, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has been appointed to the scientific advisory board of the commercialization services firm Transfer Technology International.

Silver has served as a professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, and as a visiting professor in ophthalmology at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Silver’s research has spanned molecular physics, submarines, atmospheric chemistry, spacecraft, and ophthalmology. He is a co-inventor on three patents, and has played a role in developing and marketing various technologies.

Silver holds a BS from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from Iowa State University, and has held postdoctoral positions at Harvard University and the University of Paris.

The Scan

And Back

The New York Times reports that missing SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are back in a different database.

Lacks Family Hires Attorney

A lawyer for the family of Henrietta Lacks plans to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies that have used her cancer cells in product development, the Baltimore Sun reports.

For the Unknown

The Associated Press reports that family members are calling on the US military to use new DNA analysis techniques to identify unknown sailors and Marines who were on the USS Arizona.

PLOS Papers on Congenital Heart Disease, COVID-19 Infection Host MicroRNAs, Multiple Malformation Mutations

In PLOS this week: new genes linked to congenital heart disease, microRNAs with altered expression in COVID-19, and more.