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AxCell Biosciences has named Marius Sudol to its scientific advisory board, the Newtown, Penn.-based company said last week. Sudol, an associate professor in the department of medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, is an expert on the WW protein domain, its ligands, and its role in signaling pathways underlying diseases such as muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s disease, and hypertension, the company said. In November of last year, Sudol signed a collaboration with AxCell to study the WW protein protein domain and its implications for neurodegenerative diseases.

 

South San Francisco, Calif.-based Aspira Biosystems has named Michael Nemzek as executive vice president of business development, the company said last week. Nemzek, who most recently served as chief business officer of Cellomics, will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial efforts to apply its technology for generating binding agents using self-assembled monomers to drug discovery. Nemzek has also held executive positions at Applied Biosystems, Genosys Biotechnologies, and Tropix.

 

Gyros has introduced Gyrolab MALDI SP1 and the Gyrolab workstation, the Uppsala, Sweden-based company’s first products based on its microfluidics platform. The Gyrolab MALDI SP1 is a microlaboratory that uses a compact disc platform to concentrate and purify protein digests, and spot them on MALDI targets located on the disc. Each disc contains 96 spots. Shipments are anticipated to begin by the third quarter, the company said.

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.