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Michael Poterala, Mike Wilkins, Joe Hackney, Steven Casey, Bill Bullock, MJ Soileau, Jonathan Klein-Evans

Michael Poterala has been named executive director of MSU Technologies, the tech-transfer arm of Michigan State University, the school said last week (see related story, this issue).
Poterala has been executive director of the Office of Intellectual Property, recently renamed the Office of Inventions and Copyright, at MSU since January. He has also served as associate general counsel for MSU for several years. Prior to joining MSU, Poterala served as general counsel in Michigan for the Motion Picture Association of America.

Mike Wilkins, co-chief of staff to North Carolina House Speaker Joe Hackney, has been hired as senior vice president of the newly created Statewide Operations and Economic Development division at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
In his new position, Wilkins will oversee NCBC’s five regional offices, five regional biotechnology advisory committees, and worldwide economic development activities. Wilkins also served three consecutive two-year terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1992 to 1998, serving district 22. He will report to Norris Tolson, president and CEO of the NCBC.
In addition, the NCBC said that Steven Casey, business development director, has been promoted to vice president of statewide development; and Bill Bullock, director of bioscience industrial development, has been promoted to vice president of bioscience industrial development.
Casey joined NCBC in August 2006. Previously he was founder and COO of Expression Analysis, and has also served as a manger with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke University. Bullock has worked for NCBC twice previously, most recently in a joint position with the North Carolina State Department of Commerce since July 2002. Prior to this, he spent eight years as vice president of BioAbility, and has held marketing, production, and technical jobs at Stratagene.

MJ Soileau, vice president for research and commercialization at the University of Central Florida, has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Fellow for 2007. Soileau was the first director of UCF’s Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers until he took on his current role in 1999. He holds a PhD in quantum electronics from the University of Southern California.

MedImmune this week announced several promotions and new hires, among them the promotion of Jonathan Klein-Evans to vice president of intellectual property.

Klein-Evans will now oversee all intellectual property issues for the company, MedImmune said. He joined the company in 2002 as director of intellectual property. Previously, Klein-Evans was an in-house patent attorney at Human Genome Sciences, and prior to that, was a law clerk, then a patent agent, and finally a patent attorney for the law firm of Pennie & Edmonds. He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MS in biological sciences from Stanford University.

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