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Non-profit R&D organization SRI International this week announced the appointment of Jim Rurka as executive director of biosciences commercialization.

Before joining SRI, Rurka was co-owner and chief business officer of Blanca Pharmaceuticals. Before this, he served as president and CEO of SLIL Biomedical. He has also served as president and CEO of Microcide Pharmaceutical; president of the Cetus Oncology division of Chiron; and in a variety of marketing positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Schering-Plough.

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