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Sandra Lawrence, Bill Sanford, Ed McKechnie, Sergio Garcia, Lisa Goldsborough, John Robson

Kansas Bioscience Authority Re-Elects Three Officers at Annual Meeting
The Kansas Bioscience Authority re-elected directors Sandra Lawrence as chairwoman; Bill Sanford as vice chairman; and Ed McKechnie as secretary and treasurer. All three were re-elected at KBA’s annual meeting last week in Overland Park.
Lawrence is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics. Sanford is chairman of Symark LLC, a technology commercialization and business development organization; and McKechnie is executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Watco Companies, which operates 17 railroads in 15 states.

Life Sciences Attorney Joins Reed Smith’s San Francisco Office
Sergio Garcia has joined Reed Smith, as a partner based in the law firm’s San Francisco office. His practice focuses on advising public and private companies, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs, with clients in biotechnology and medical devices, as well as healthcare, cleantech, and other industries.
Garcia previously served as a partner in the corporate and intellectual property groups, as well as co-chair of the life sciences group, of the law firm Fenwick & West, which he joined in 2005. Earlier, he was vice president, legal and general counsel of PDL BioPharma. Garcia is a director of the BayBio Institute, and a member of the steering committee of the BayBio Life Sciences Counsel Committee.

Garcia received a JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and a BA degree from Stanford University. Garcia also served as a Fulbright Professor of Law in comparative business law, intellectual property and antitrust law.


Pennsylvania Bio Executive Joins Ashton Tweed as Vice President of Client Services
Lisa Goldsborough has joined Ashton Tweed as vice president of client services. Goldsborough will specialize in developing client relationships with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic companies, and will spearhead business development activities in the mid-Atlantic region for the human resources and business consulting firm, which is based in Wayne, Pa.
Lisa previously served eight years as director of business development for Pennsylvania Bio, the state's life sciences industry group. Her work there included membership development and retention, and program development.

CIRM Taps McGill University’s John Robson as Vice President for Operations
John Robson has been named vice president for operations at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the state agency charged with overseeing the funding of stem cell research and facilities.
Robson will be the agency’s second highest day-to-day administrator behind CIRM’s president, Alan Trounson. Robson will be responsible for “all administrative and operational aspects of the institute and will support the ongoing work of the Facilities Working Group,” CIRM said in a press release announcing the appointment.
Robson previously served as associate dean for faculty affairs in the faculty of medicine at McGill University in Montreal, overseeing all strategic planning, capital campaign planning and recruiting and administrative policy development, and held positions on 10 administrative committees at McGill.
Earlier he was associate director for scientific affairs at McGill’s Montreal Neurological Institute, a position he assumed after spending 18 years as a faculty member and neuroscientist at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. At SUNY, Robson ran a neuroscience research lab, and held leadership positions as both a professor and administrator.
Robson graduated from Trinity College with a degree in biology, and received his PhD in Anatomy from Duke University. He did postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Anatomy and the University of Chicago in the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences and was a teaching research associate at the University of Chicago.

The Scan

Study Reveals New Details About Genetics of Major Cause of Female Infertility

Researchers in Nature Medicine conducted a whole-exome sequencing study of mote than a thousand patients with premature ovarian insufficiency.

Circulating Tumor DNA Shows Potential as Biomarker in Rare Childhood Cancer

A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has found that circulating tumor DNA levels in rhabdomyosarcoma may serve as a biomarker for prognosis.

Study Recommends Cancer Screening for Dogs Beginning Age Seven, Depending on Breed

PetDx researchers report in PLOS One that annual cancer screening for dogs should begin by age seven.

White-Tailed Deer Harbor SARS-CoV-2 Variants No Longer Infecting Humans, Study Finds

A new study in PNAS has found that white-tailed deer could act as a reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 variants no longer found among humans.