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Lisa Kuuttila, Augustine Cheng, Paul Silber

Lisa Kuuttila has been reappointed as president and CEO of STC.UNM, a subsidiary of the University of New Mexico responsible for the school’s technology transfer efforts.
Kuuttila rejoins STC.UNM effective June 11 from MSU Technologies, the tech-transfer arm of Michigan State University, where she was appointed director in late March (see BTW, 4/2/2007). She decided to leave MSU Technologies for undisclosed reasons.
Prior to that, Kuuttila had directed STC.UNM since June 2003. Kuuttila has also served as assistant vice president for technology commercialization at Purdue Research Foundation; director of technology commercialization at University of Georgia; and director of the Office of Technology Commercialization at the Center for Advanced Technology Development at Iowa State University. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Iowa State University, and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Arizona State University last week said that it has named Augustine Cheng as managing director of Arizona Technology Enterprise, the school’s tech-transfer arm, effective Aug. 1.
Cheng will replace Peter Slate, who stepped down as president and chief executive of AzTE in March.
Cheng will join AzTE from Columbia University, where he serves as associate general counsel of Columbia’s Patent and Licensing Group. He has been with Columbia since 1984 after working as an intellectual property attorney for New York-based law firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Schulte Roth & Zabe for four years. He holds a jurist JD from Fordham Law School, and has served as associate editor of Fordham Law Review.

Paul Silber has been named chair of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council's Biotech Roundtable. Silber was the founder, former president and CEO of In Vitro Technologies, a leading US contract-testing laboratory for in vitro testing services and products, before being acquired last year for $30 million by British-owned Celsis.
The GBTC Biotech Roundtable promotes the growth of biotechnology companies in the Greater Baltimore region. The Roundtable provides mentoring and networking opportunities to its members, and works to identify critical success factors necessary for the growth of life sciences businesses in the Baltimore region.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.