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Stacy Williams, David Warden, Molly Holman

Stacy Williams has been named director of the Georgia Center of Innovation-Life Sciences, the state’s Centers of Innovation program said last week.
Williams founded the children’s science toy company Dr. DaBrain Science Toys. She has also served as a scientific advisor at Woodcock Washburn; a partner at an undisclosed Atlanta patent analytics firm; and a science consultant at Prentice Hall.
She holds a PhD in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.
The Center of Innovation-Life Sciences is housed on the campus of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and provides statewide industry expertise to accelerate the growth of Georgia’s life sciences and biotechnology industries.

InNexus Biotechnology this week said that it has named David Warden to its board of directors.
Warden was a founding partner of Yetter, Warden & Coleman. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia, and an MS and BS in engineering from Purdue University.
InNexus said that adding Warden to its board is part of a strategy to enhance and fortify its intellectual property position supporting the commercialization of monoclonal antibodies based on its Dynamic Cross Linking technology.

Metabasis Therapeutics said this week that Molly Holman has joined the company as vice president of intellectual property.
Holman comes to Metabasis from Almylin Pharmaceuticals, where she was most recently executive director of intellectual property. Prior to this, she practiced patent law at Christie, Parker & Hale and Fish & Richardson, and was a licensing assistant at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Holman received a BS in biology from the University of California at Riverside, a PhD in biology from the University of California at Irvine, and a JD from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

The Scan

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The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.