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Alison de Bord, Adam Tomasi, Timothy Stultz

Alta Partners this week announced the promotion of Alison de Bord to director. She joins six other Alta directors responsible for investing at Alta Partners. She currently represents Alta as a director on the boards of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Insulet, and SurgRx and was directly involved in Alta’s investments in Esperion Therapeutics and Kerberos Proximal Solutions.
De Bord has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in history from Colgate University.
Alta also announced Adam Tomasi has joined the firm as a Kaufman fellow. He had been a student at the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Biomedical Enterprise Program and completed his PhD at the University of California, Irvine.

GWC Technologies announced this week the appointment of Timothy Stultz to its board of directors. Stultz is the president and CEO of Imago Scientific Instruments. Stultz was also the founder and President of Peak Systems and president and CEO of ThauMDx.
GWC, based in Madison, Wis., develops and manufactures label-free analysis systems for proteomics, drug discovery, genomics, protein array development, and materials science research.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.