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Sergio Garcia, Allen Baum, Joshua Elliott, Andrea Frosini, Monique Heiser, Randal Schulhauser, Raymond Woosley

International law firm Reed Smith said this week that Sergio Garcia has joined the firm as a partner in its San Francisco office
Garcia’s practice will focus on advising public and private companies, venture capital firms, and entrepreneurs on a wide range of legal and business issues, including structuring and negotiating strategic alliances, joint ventures, and licensing agreements; and the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, venture financing, and public equity financing.
Garcia had been a partner in the corporate group and intellectual property group of Fenwick & West since 2005, where he also served as co-chair of the life sciences group. Previously, Garcia served as vice president, legal and general counsel of PDL BioPharma.
He is also a director of the BayBio Institute, and a member of the steering committee of the BayBio Life Sciences Counsel Committee. Garcia received a JD from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley; and a BA from Stanford University.

Chicago-based IP law firm Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione last week announced the opening of a new office in the Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina area, and said that local patent attorneys Allen Baum and Joshua Elliott will join the new office as partners in the firm.
Baum and Elliott were previously attorneys at Raleigh-area law firm Hutchinson Law Group, which they joined in 2004. Both attorneys specialize in patent law matters in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biochemistry, and chemistry arenas.

Case Western Reserve University’s Technology Transfer Office has launched a resident affiliates program and appointed Andrea Frosini, IP manager in the liaison office at the University of Siena, Italy, as its first resident.
Through the resident affiliate program, CWRU recruits tech-transfer professionals from other parts of the world to share best practices and develop international capital and talent networks.
The program invites one resident at a time. Frosini will be at the university until mid-July. An undisclosed candidate from Hungary will participate in the program later this fall, CWRU said.

The Arizona BioIndustry Association said last week that it has added Monique Heiser, Randal Schulhauser, and Raymond Woosley to its board of directors.
Heiser is vice president and general manager of the Covance Laboratories facility under construction in Chandler; Schulhauser is senior manager of technology and business development at Medtronic Microelectronic Center in Tempe; and Woosley is president and CEO of the Critical Path Institute in Tucson.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.