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Anne-Fabienne Weitsch, Laura Francis, Eric Lachenmeier


Hybrigenics has appointed Anne-Fabienne Weitsch to the position of chief operating officer, the Paris-based functional proteomics company said last week. Weitsch, who most recently served at Johnson & Johnson as senior director of licensing and business development, will be responsible for all aspects of Hybrigenics’ management, business development and drug discovery activities, the company said. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Weitsch worked at the Janssen Research Foundation as senior director, collaborations and technology transfer, and at Zyma, a CIBA company, in a number of R&D positions.


Laura Francis has joined Bruker AXS as chief financial officer, the Madison, Wis.-based company said. Most recently, Francis served as CFO of start-up companies Hypercosm and Nutra-Park. Previously, she served as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. In addition to her duties as CFO, Francis will also be responsible for investor relations.


Aviva Biosciences has appointed Eric Lachenmeier director of business development, the San Diego-based biochip company said. In previous positions, Lachenmeier served as vice president for technology development at Incyte Genomics, and as an R&D project director and engineer at Lynx Therapeutics and Applied Biosystems.

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.