NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – John Opitz, a medical geneticist at the University of Utah, has been awarded the William Allan Award by the American Society of Human Genetics for his work in identifying and understanding genetic syndromes. Opitz has defined a number of genetic syndromes including Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome, a developmental disorder caused by a defect in the way cholesterol is synthesized, and Opitz G/BBB syndrome, a condition that causes physical malformations.
The University of Pittsburgh has awarded J. Craig Venter the Dickson Prize for his efforts in genome sequencing, including leading efforts to sequence the first human genome and creating a living bacteria cell with synthetic DNA. Venter is the founder of Synthetic Genomics, the J. Craig Venter Institute, the Institute for Genomic Research, and Celera Genomics. He holds a PhD in pharmacology and physiology and a BS in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego.
PrimeraDx has appointed Jeff Liter as vice president of corporate development. Prior to joining the firm, he was director of strategy, business development, and licensing for Beckman Coulter, where he worked in the company's immunoassay and molecular diagnostics groups. Liter was previously the managing director with On Point Consulting.
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