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William Haseltine, Tim McGrath, Carl Balezentis, James Collins, Mary E. Clutter, Kreatech Biotechnology, Warnex



William Haseltine has become a senior life sciences advisor of CMEA Ventures, the San Francisco-based venture capital firm said on Monday. He is the former chief executive of Human Genome Sciences. Haseltine holds a doctorate in biophysics from Harvard University

Tim McGrath has become senior vice president of molecular services of Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, the company said on Tuesday. He replaces Carl Balezentis, who will resign as senior vice president and president of Lark Technologies, Genaissance's wholly owned subsidiary, effective Aug. 31. Balezentis will receive $262,500 in severance pay over 12 months. MacGrath will receive an annual salary of $200,000.

James Collins will head the directorate for biological sciences at the National Science Foundation starting in October, NSF said last week. He replaces Mary E. Clutter, who is retiring. Collins is currently a professor of natural history and environment at Arizona State University. As assistant director for biological sciences, he will oversee NSF's nearly $580 million annual investment in fundamental biological research. Collins received a BS degree from Manhattan College and a PhD from the University of Michigan.


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Kreatech Biotechnology last week launched its series of PlatinumBright nucleic acid labeling kits that offer its Universal Linkage System labeling molecule bound to a choice of fluorescent dyes, or haptens, and the company's KREApure purification columns, which remove unreacted dye while yielding sample recovery independent of fragment length, Kreatech said.

The company recommended PlatinumBright for fluorescent in situ hybridization applications, filter hybridizations such as northern blots, southern blots, spot blots and dot blot hybridizations, as well as for use with tissue arrays and chIP-on-chip experiments.

Warnex says it will have the first quantitative PCR tests on the food testing market with the first-quarter, 2006, commercialization of a test for detection of Campylobacter jejuni, Campylobacter coli, and Campylobacter lari in poultry rinses. The test's distribution will begin in September, the company said.

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