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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.