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Research and commercialization services company SCRA said this week that it has appointed Stephen Jones as vice president, health sciences.

Jones most recently served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs in the US Department of Defense health affairs office. Prior to this, Jones spent 19 years at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he served as director of federal relations and economic development in the university president's office; and chief of staff and director for federal and external relations.

Jones has also served as chief of staff at the US Department of Energy and worked with the US House of Representatives. He also served in the US Army in military intelligence, and holds an MSW from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in health administration from MUSC.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center said recently that Brooks Adams will be the executive director of the Center of Innovation in Nanobiotechnology when it is formally launched later this year.

Adams, who has worked for 14 years in innovation management in the life sciences, will be charged with creating a business plan for COIN, the formation of which was announced by NCBC earlier this year to coordinate North Carolina research leading to commercial opportunities in nanobiotechnology.

NCBC said that Adams has worked in global business development and marketing with several undisclosed multinational and startup companies, and has worked on commercialization of products in the areas of nano-aerosols for drug delivery, gene arrays, and DNA diagnostics.

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