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Jim Berens, Dan Burkhardt, Denny Coleman, Jerry Glover, Vicki Gonzalez, Jan Jaworski, Linda Martinez, Richard Roloff, Richard Sayre, Jacqueline Davis-Wellington, Sam Fiorello, J. Chris Murphy, John Hawkins, Marc Zawatsky, Sandra Pupatello

Danforth Center’s Bio-Research and Development Growth Park Near St. Louis Names 11 Directors
The Bio-Research and Development Growth Park, a new life sciences campus set to open in April 2009 at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur, Mo., has named its board of directors:
  • Jim Berens, president of Wexford Science+Technology;
  • Dan Burkhardt, a partner in Oakwood Medical Investors;
  • Denny Coleman, president and CEO of the St. Louis County Economic Council;
  • Jerry Glover, vice president of external affairs for Monsanto Co.;
  • Vicki Gonzalez, president and CEO of the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise;
  • Jan Jaworski, vice president for research at the Danforth Center;
  • Linda Martinez, a partner in the law firm Bryan Cave;
  • Richard Roloff, vice chancellor for capital projects at Washington University in St. Louis;
  • Richard Sayre, director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Danforth Center;
  • Jacqueline Davis-Wellington, executive vice president, real estate and community development division of the St. Louis County Economic Council; and
  • Sam Fiorello, president of BRDG Park and chief operating officer of the Danforth Center.

UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte Research Institute Launch Student Award Honoring Entrepreneur/Educator J. Chris Murphy
J. Chris Murphy, an educator and entrepreneur with success in banking, and franchise businesses selling auto repairs and parts, has been honored posthumously by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Charlotte Research Institute through a new student early-stage business development award named for him.
The J. Chris Murphy Award honors a founding contributor to the original Five Ventures — a student entrepreneurship competition held annually by CRI and UNC-Charlotte — who succumbed on Sept. 14 to pancreatic cancer. Winners share in more than $100,000 in cash and donated services for their business plans, which over the years have included biotechnology companies as well as banks, grocery businesses, automotive repair shops, coffee franchises, manufacturers, restaurants, and firms specializing in graphic design, landscaping, consulting, and information technology.
In 1950 at age 21, Murphy opened his first business, a roadside frozen custard stand, to help pay for his education at Franklin College in Indiana. Upon graduation, Murphy went to work for RCA, where he held a number of business development positions in four states. After 12 years, Murphy left RCA to help his father manage the family Midas Muffler franchise in Tennessee. After his father’s death, the younger Murphy expanded the franchise into six locations covering three cities, then created a foreign auto parts business that grew to four locations and ultimately led to the creation of a second franchise.

Murphy later sold his two franchise businesses and helped found the United Bank of Chattanooga, serving as its chairman for ten years. During that time, he involved himself with four other startups in and around Chattanooga, Tenn. The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga honored him with its Master of Entrepreneurship award, giving him the distinction of Executive in Residence, and hired Murphy to teach entrepreneurship courses.

In 1996, Murphy and his wife moved to Charlotte to be closer to their son and grandchildren. Murphy served as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business, and helped found the Young Entrepreneurs Association, a non-profit organization designed to help college students launch new businesses and stay in touch after graduation.
At age 76, following two years of study, Murphy earned an MBA from Pfeiffer University. During his later years, he also designed and taught an online business start-up course for Central Piedmont Community College, and at age 78 he published his first self-help book, “Starting a Business? Think Big but Start Small”.

CTPartners Names MedPointe Founder as Co-Leader of Life Sciences and Healthcare Practice
John Hawkins has joined the executive search firm CTPartners as a co-leader and vice chairman in the firm's life sciences and healthcare practice. Most recently, he was the regional managing partner of the Americas region for executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.
Hawkins co-founded a private equity buyout firm in 2000 that a year later acquired the healthcare business of Carter-Wallace, and changed its name to MedPointe. The firm was acquired in 2007 by Swedish specialty pharmaceutical concern Meda, in an $800 million cash/stock transaction.
At MedPointe, Hawkins was appointed a member of MedPointe's executive committee and was named its executive vice president of corporate development and external affairs. He was also involved in recruiting directors to its board, raising private equity and debt capital, and recruiting numerous members of its founding management team
Hawkins earlier helped create and lead the global healthcare sector at executive search firm Russell Reynolds, where he specialized in serving international pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He also led the firm’s board of directors and CEO practice for three years.
Earlier in his career, Hawkins served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Invitron Corp., a Monsanto biotechnology spinout, and as a healthcare equity banker with Alex. Brown & Sons.

Diversified Project Management Names Project Executive for Rhode Island Market
Marc Zawatsky has been hired by construction project management firm Diversified Project Management as project executive focusing on the Rhode Island market. Zawatsky will be based at DPM’s headquarters in Newton, Mass.
Zawatsky’s first project in his new post will be a new housing development for Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He will coordinate with the Bryant team to navigate the town’s zoning and planning board approvals process, as well as the process of securing approval from the state Department of Environmental Management.
Before joining DPM, Zawatsky was director of construction and facilities management for the Union of Reform Judaism in New York. There, he oversaw updates to, and implementation of, master plan processes at 13 North American campuses, encompassing over 10,000 acres and in excess of $500 million in constructed facilities.
Marc also served as a Building Officials and Code Administrators-certified building official for the town of Bristol, RI, and possesses certifications in construction management, construction contracts administration, and construction documents technology. He also has an unrestricted construction supervisor's license in Massachusetts; has managed multiple public and private projects; and has owned a contract glazing company.

Ontario, Canada, Reassigns Pupatello to New Ministry Focused on International Trade
Sandra Pupatello, minister of economic development and trade for Ontairo, Canada, has been named the province’s new international trade minister following a decision to split her position.
Pupatello told Embassy, a Canadian weekly publication specializing in foreign policy news, that she will focus in part on securing European investments into Canadian biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and other technology industries. Pupatello’s ministry will promote Ontario’s workforce and other assets in hopes of attracting overseas investment in provincial companies. In addition, she will manage of Ontario's 10 provincial trade offices worldwide.

The move came as Ontario is scrambling to stop job losses; the province lost some 45,500 full-time jobs in June alone, primarily in auto manufacturing. Pupatello told Embassy she will make frequent trips to developed and developing economies in search of new foreign direct investment in Ontario companies, as well as and new markets for goods and services from the province.

To that end, earlier this month Pupatello and her counterpart in Quebec, Raymond Bachand, met with European leaders in Brussels and said they were eager to enhance commercial relations with Europe.

Pupatello has also promised to aggressively target developing economies such as Brazil, India, Russia, and China, where Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will lead a delegation next month.

The Scan

Genetic Risk Factors for Hypertension Can Help Identify Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.