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Ping Wang, Christopher Raimund, Rita Yusko, Gail Mitchell, Ron Sega, Larry Penley

Intellectual property lawyers Ping Wang and Christopher Raimund have joined the Washington, DC, office of Morris, Manning & Martin, the law firm said this week.
Wang will lead the firm’s biotechnology practice within the IP group. She joins MM&M from DLA Piper. She has performed patent work for both Chinese and American companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, and medical devices.
Raimund, who will lead the firm’s chemical practice in the IP group, was most recently with the Washington, DC, office of Merchant & Gould. He was also previously with DLA Piper, and worked as a primary patent examiner with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Rita Yusko, formerly a research development officer with sponsored projects at Northern Illinois University, has been named acting manager of the university's technology transfer office.
Yusko replaces Gail Mitchell, assistant vice president for technology development and transfer, who retired earlier this year.
Before coming to NIU, she spent seven years as a consultant and technology commercialization specialist with Battelle Memorial Institute's branch office at the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago. Yusko holds a BS in civil engineering from Cleveland State University and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Ron Sega has been named vice president for Energy, the Environment, and Applied Research at the Colorado State University Research Foundation, CSU said last week.
Sega is professor of systems engineering in the CSU College of Engineering. He joined CSU last fall from the US government where he served as Under Secretary of the US Air Force and led a USAF team that received a Presidential award for energy management and conservation.
Sega will also serve as CSU President Larry Penley's special advisor on energy and the environment.

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