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Claude McKinney, Daniel Von Hoff, Jeff Morhet, Lori Sweeney, Tom Sweeney, Matthew Ambros, David Roccio, David Lu, Anne Reynolds, Allyson Hatton, Andrea Sonan, Matthew Lewis, Amy Teckenbrock, Rebecca Boyer, Lisa Schoenbrunn

NC State’s Centennial Campus Planner Claude McKinney Dies
Claude McKinney, who helped establish the Centennial Campus research park at North Carolina State University, died last week in Raleigh following a long illness. He was 79.
McKinney guided the development of the 1,300-acre research community for more than 15 years, first as a special assistant to the chancellor and then as director, a position he held until he retired in 2000.
He also served as a professor and dean of NC State’s College of Design from 1973 to 1988.
Under McKinney’s leadership, Centennial Campus grew to encompass 15 major buildings and more than 3,200 faculty, staff, students, and corporate and government employees. The park is currently home to 61 corporate and government clients, 73 university research centers and labs, and a population of nearly 7,000.

Von Hoff, Morhet Among Arizona Technology Council’s Innovation Award Winners
The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Commerce and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, last week announced the winners for the 2008 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards.
Among the winners, Daniel Von Hoff of TGen Clinical Research Services at Scottsdale Healthcare was named the William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year, and Jeff Morhet of InNexus Biotechnology was named Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year.

Cornish & Carey Taps Tom and Lori Sweeney for Senior VP Spots
Northern California real estate firm Cornish & Carey Commercial has appointed Lori Sweeney and Tom Sweeney as senior vice presidents of the firm.
The two brokers will join C&C’s Santa Clara office after spending a combined 28 years with Wayne Mascia Associates. They both specialize in tenant representation.
Lori Sweeney has been in the real estate industry since 1993. She was a senior vice president with Wayne Mascia Associates for the past 10 years where she specialized in the sale and leasing of office, R&D, industrial and other commercial properties.
Tom Sweeney has worked in commercial real estate for 21 years. He spent the past 18 years as senior vice president of Wayne Mascia Associates.

Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi Expands Team
Cambridge, Mass.-based intellectual property law firm Lowrie, Lando and Anastasi said last week that Matthew Ambros, David Roccio, David Lu, and Anne Reynolds have joined the firm, and that Allyson Hatton has become an associate of the firm.
Ambros was previously a law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. At LL&A, Matt will focus his practice on all aspects of intellectual property litigation.
Roccio was previously a summer associate at LL&A. He will focus his practice on patent counseling and prosecution in various technologies including power electronics, image processing, signal processing and control systems.
Hatton was previously a technology specialist at LL&A. She has expertise in patent prosecution, general client counseling, and the construction of strategic patent portfolios in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, and genetics.
Lu’s practice is focused on patent prosecution, opinion work, and general intellectual property counseling in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, genetics, as well as other areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Reynolds’ focus includes patent prosecution, opinion work, and general intellectual property counseling in the areas of organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, as well as other areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Architectural Resources Cambridge Adds to Staff
Architectural Resources Cambridge, or ARC, an architectural firm specializing in science, educational, sports, and corporate facilities, has hired two new architects and three designers.
ARC’s new architects include Andrea Sonan and Matthew Lewis. The new designers are: Amy Teckenbrock, Rebecca Boyer, and Lisa Schoenbrunn.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.