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Robert Sweitzer, Bo Fishback, David Winwood, Sandra Pizarro, Yonnie Butler

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas has appointed Robert Sweitzer as director of its office of technology transfer.
Sweitzer joins UNLV from the Technology Ventures Corporation in Las Cruces, NM, where he was director of project development and business assistance. He concurrently served on the marketing faculty at New Mexico State University.
From 1993 to 2005, Sweitzer was founder and president of the Matrix Group, where he developed marketing strategies and business development programs for Southern California companies. He has also served on the faculty at Pepperdine University and Claremont Graduate School. He holds a PhD and MBA from Michigan State University.

The Kauffman Foundation last week said that Bo Fishback has been named to the position of vice president of entrepreneurship.
Fishback originally joined Kauffman in 2006 as a director in the advancing innovation area. He left in 2007 to join Kansas City-based BioMed Valley Discoveries, a translational research and development organization affiliated with the Stowers Institute.
Fishback is also co-founder of Lightspeed Genomics, a next-generation sequencing company spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also served as a consultant with Puretech Ventures and director of IQHealth for Cerner Corporation. He holds a BS in biomedical engineering from Southern Methodist University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

The University of Alabama-Birmingham Research Foundation recently hired David Winwood as CEO.
Winwood will join UABRF on March 10 from North Carolina State University, where he served as associate vice chancellor of technology development and innovation.
Winwood also spent two years at Ohio State University as associate vice president for knowledge transfer and commercialization, and a prior stint at NC State as associate vice chancellor and director of technology transfer and associate director of the office of technology transfer and industry research.

The California Healthcare Institute this week announced that Sandra Pizarro is the new vice president of state government affairs.
For the last four years, Pizzaro has worked as a lobbyist for KP Public Affairs in Sacramento. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff for Assemblyman Manny Diaz (Dem.-Silicon Valley). Pizzaro has also held policy positions with the California Community Colleges, the Assembly Budget Committee, and the Latino Legislative Caucus.
Pizzaro earned a law degree from the University of Santa Barbara.

Yonnie Butler has joined the North Carolina Biotechnology Center as business development director in the business and technology development unit, NCBC said this week.
Most recently, Butler was a business development executive and managing consultant for Tunnell Consulting. He has also held positions with Roche, LabCorp, Magellan Laboratories, Cardinal Health, and PharmaDirections. He holds a BS in biology from East Carolina University and an MBA from Elon University.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.