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Pete Martinez, MJ Soileau, Les Croland, Weaver Gaines, Marshall Criser, David Day, John Fraser, Fred Lippman, Erik Sander, Bill Newman, Carla Rathbun, Raymond Cheung, Carol Pratt

The Florida Research Consortium this week announced the election of officers and executive committee members for 2008.
Pete Martinez of the Quantum Group has been named chairman; MJ Soileau of the University of Central Florida, vice-chairman; Les Croland of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, secretary; Weaver Gaines of Nanotherapeutics, treasurer; and Marshall Criser of AT&T Florida, immediate past chairman.
Elected to join the officers on the FRC executive committee in at-large positions include David Day of the University of Florida; John Fraser of Florida State University; Fred Lippman of Nova Southeastern University; and Erik Sander of the V2R Group and UF.

The Oregon Bioscience Association this week said that Bill Newman has been named chairman of its board of directors for 2008. Newman is managing director with Northwest Technology Ventures.
Other OBA board officers for the year are Carla Rathbun, secretary and consultant, and Raymond Cheung, treasurer, both from Geffen Mesher & Co.; and Carol Pratt, legal counsel at K& L Gates.

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