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Alan Snyder, Karen Spilizewski, Louis Myers, Laurie Lawrence, Diana Collazo, Cathy McCarthy, Natalie Lissy, Allyson Hatton

The Hershey Center for Applied Research, a Pennsylvania incubator, said last week that it has appointed Alan Snyder to its board.
Snyder currently serves as interim vice dean for research and graduate studies, associate dean for technology development, and professor of surgery and bioengineering at Penn State College of Medicine. He also serves as interim associate vice president for health sciences research at Penn State. Snyder joins seven board members and three board advisors for HCAR. Located adjacent to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, HCAR is a research park offering life sciences and other high technology researchers and companies wet and dry lab facilities and office space, as well as access to capital and business support services.

RiverVest Venture Partners, a life science venture capital firm based in St. Louis, said this week that it will be opening an office at the BioEnterprise facility in Cleveland, and that Karen Spilizewski will manage the office.
Spilizewski, who joined BioEnterprise in 2005, will also be joining RiverVest on a part-time basis as a vice president on Jan. 1. Prior to BioEnterprise, Spiliwezki worked at Avery Dennison in the areas of research and business development. She holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management and an MS in macromolecular science from Case Western Reserve.

Lowrie, Lando & Anastasi, a Cambridge, Mass.-based intellectual property law firm, last week said it has hired six biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical sciences practitioners from international firm Fish & Richardson.
Louis Myers, Laurie Lawrence, and Diana Collazo, all principals from Fish and Richardson’s Boston office, will join LL&A as partners. Cathy McCarthy and Natalie Lissy, associates at Fish and Richardson, and Allyson Hatton, a patent agent in the same office, will join LL&A in different capacities.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.