Georg Casari has joined Oridis Biomed, a developer of therapeutics for liver cancer and metabolic liver disease, as chief information officer. Casari was previously vice president of informatics at Cellzome and a co-founder of Lion Bioscience, where he served as senior vice president of life science informatics. Prior to that, he was a staff scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the European Bioinformatics Institute. In his new position, Casari will be responsible for Oridis' data integration and information management.
The American Society for Microbiology has granted Claire Fraser, president and director of the Institute for Genomic Research, the Promega Biotechnology Research Award. Fraser received the award last week at ASM's general meeting in Atlanta. She was honored for her "outstanding contributions and research to the application of biotechnology through fundamental microbiological research and development." The award is administered by ASM and sponsored by Promega.