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Carlos Gutierrez, Margaret Peterlin, Greg Hess, Michael Straightliff, Jacquelyn Reed, John Talerico, Joshua Salisbury, David Lacey, Jared Cohon, Jerome Granato

US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez has appointed Margaret Peterlin to serve as deputy director under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office, the USPTO announced this month.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Peterlin was counsel for legal policy and national security advisor for Dennis Hastert, speaker of the US House of Representatives. Previously she was general counsel to Richard Armey, majority leader of the House. She has clerked on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Jerry Smith, and served as an officer in the US Navy for four years, working in communications. Peterlin holds a legal degree from the University of Chicagoand is a member of the New York State Bar.

Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, the technology transfer arm of Virginia TechUniversity, last week said that it has hired four licensing associates:
Greg Hess, a senior licensing associate, manages the commercialization of inventions in the areas of agricultural and advanced material sciences. Hess has worked as a senior business development manager with BTG International, and most recently was a freelance tech-transfer business consultant.
Michael Straightliff, a senior licensing associate, manages disclosures in the fields of optics and lasers, electrical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, energy, and medical devices/drug delivery. Prior to joining VTIP, he was a licensing manager at the technology transfer office at Case Western Reserve University.
Jacquelyn Reed, a licensing associate, is managing disclosures in pharma and biotechnology, research tools and diagnostics, learning tools, and design. She is a co-founder of Intrexon, now located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
Reed holds a PhD in molecular developmental biology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and was a consultant with IP law firm Hasse and Nesbitt.
John Talerico, a licensing associate, manages IP created by the Pamplin College of Business and multiple departments within the college of engineering. Telerico holds a BS in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Pamplin College of Business. During the final year of his graduate program, he worked as an intern for VTIP.

Drug Royalty Corporation last week said it has hired Joshua Salisbury as executive vice president. Salisbury most recently was vice president of corporate business development at Eli Lilly, where he had worked since 2002. He has also worked at several investment banks, including Merrill Lynch and Wassertein Perella. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Amgen last week said that it has named David Lacey senior vice president and head of research. Over the past year, Lacey has served as interim head of research as well as site leader for Amgen’s South San Francisco, Calif., offices.

Carnegie Mellon University’s board of trustees last week approved the reappointment of Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon for a third five-year term. Cohon became president of Carnegie Mellon in 1997. He joined the school from Yale University, where he was dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and professor of environmental systems analysis.

The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse last week announced that Jerome Granato has joined the incubator’s medical advisory team. He is the former vice chairman of Allegheny General Hospital’s department of medicine and now serves as medical director of its coronary care unit. He also is an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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