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Charles Morton Jr., Myrna Alvarez, Chad Mirkin, David Scharfstein, Andrea Moser, Thomas McDonnell

Venable Partner Appointed to Board of Directors of Maryland’s TEDCO 
Charles Morton Jr. has been named to the board of directors of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, becoming the only lawyer to serve on TEDCO’s 15-member board.
Morton is a partner with Venable and a member of its business transactions practice group, based in the law firm’s Baltimore office. Morton’s practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs and investors such as banks, private equity firms and small business investment companies that finance early and middle-stage private companies.
He has already been sworn in and will be formally confirmed by the state Senate in January 2008, when the Maryland General Assembly reconvenes.
A Montgomery County native, Morton is president of the Maryland chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth, and also teaches an undergraduate entrepreneurial course focused on tech transfer at Johns Hopkins University. He received his JD from the Maryland University School of Law in 1990. 
TEDCO is a state-funded organization that helps develop, transfer and commercialize important technological innovations from Maryland-based universities and research labs by providing seed funding and technical assistance to emerging technology companies and university researchers.

Chicago Teacher, Researcher-Scientist to Be Honored by iBIO Institute
The iBIO Institute in Chicago will present its two inaugural iCON Awards on Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel. The iCON Awards recognize the role of education, research and training in fostering growth and building the next generation of Midwest biotechnology and life sciences innovators and leaders.
Myrna Alvarez of Chicago, a biology and chemistry teacher at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Chicago, will receive the institute's 2007 Knowledge-Builder award for promoting a better understanding of biotechnology's promise and challenges to students in grades 6-12.
Chad Mirkin of Wilmette, Ill., professor of chemistry, professor of medicine, and professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, will win the institute's 2007 iCON Innovator award. Mirkin is also the director of Northwestern’s International Institute for Nanotechnology, and the founder of two companies — Northbrook, Ill.-based Nanosphere and Skokie, Ill.-based NanoInk, which commercialize nanotechnology applications in the life science and semi-conductor industries.

Harvard Business School Professor Joins Analysis Group’s affiliate network
David Scharfstein, professor of financing and banking at the Harvard Business School, has joined the affiliate network of Analysis Group, a provider of economic, financial, and business expertise to law firms, corporations, and government agencies.
Scharfstein will advise clients of the group on finance, with a focus on private equity and venture capital, as well as bankruptcy and restructuring, and risk management. His research and consulting has centered on venture capital and entrepreneurship, corporate resource allocation, and the financing and management of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies – including drug development, licensing deals, and valuation.
Founded in 1981, Analysis Group has a network of external experts in addition to more than 400 professional staffers based nationwide.

Burnham Institute Names Economic Development Executive New VP for Communications
Andrea Moser has been named vice president for communications with the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, Calif. Moser will oversee all aspects of external and internal communications, including media relations, web-based outreach, and other activities related to promoting Burnham’s medical research and scientists in La Jolla, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla.
Previously, Moser was vice president of economic development and marketing at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, working to promote the San Diego region for the biotechnology/life sciences industry and other technology companies. Moser also previously worked with Connect, an international program serving technology entrepreneurs with support services including access to markets, money, and partners.
Moser graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a BA in journalism and creative writing, and earned her MBA at the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif.

CB Richard Ellis Names New Leader for National Valuation and Advisory Services Practice
Thomas McDonnell has been promoted to president and national practice leader for the valuation and advisory services group of CB Richard Ellis Group. He succeeds Douglas Haney, who previously announced plans to retire at the end of this year following a 35-year career at CBRE, the last 17 years as national practice leader of valuation and advisory services.
McDonnell previously was a Chicago-based senior managing director who led CBRE’s valuation and advisory services activities across five Midwest states, a position he held since 2002.
McDonnell joined CB Richard Ellis in 1998. A 16-year veteran of the valuation industry, his experience has included preparing appraisals, rent and market studies across a wide range of property types including office, retail, industrial, multi-family, mixed-use, land, lodging and various special-use properties.
He holds a BSc degree from Elmhurst College, an MA from Texas A&M University, and is accredited as a member of the Appraisal Institute and the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. He is married with two children and resides in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

The Scan

Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.