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Michael Motschmann, Axel Kleemann, James Jersey, Douglas Lauffenburger, Jean Futrell, Robert Corn, Jonathan Sweedler, Shana Kelley, David Schwartz, Christopher Culbertson, Norman Dovichi, D. Bruce Chase, John Dolan, George Wilson, Mary Elizabeth Williams,

Protagen AG announced last week that it has added Michael Motschmann and Gerhard Steinkamp to its board of directors, expanding the number of directors to five. The board’s sixth seat was left unfilled.
Motschmann is an entrepreneur and represents MIG AG while Steinkamp is from S-VentureCapital Dortmund GmbH. Axel Kleemann was reappointed chairman of the Dortmund, Germany based biotech. Protagen is a nanotechnology firm specializing in information technologies supporting protein analysis.

Tandem Labs has named James Jersey as vice president and general manager of its new New England division, Tandem Labs-New England. The division was formed as a result of Tandem’s purchase of PharmaKD.
Jersey founded and managed a bioanalytical services division within Primedica which was purchased by Charles River Laboratories in 2001. Jersey received his PhD in aquatics environment chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Based in Salt Lake City, privately-held Tandem is a CRO supporting new drug development through mass spectrometry application and immunoanalytical knowledge.

Epitome Biosystems announced Douglas Lauffenburger has joined the company’s scientific advisory board. Lauffenburger is the director of the biological engineering division at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Epitome, based in Waltham, Mass., develops protein measurement tools.

Jean Futrell will be awarded the American Chemical Society’s Frank H. Field and Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry during the ACS national meeting in March.
Futrell was cited for his contributions to the theory and practice of mass spectroscopy, including his work in the invention of tandem mass spectrometry. Futrell is a Battelle Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The Pittsburgh Conference announced this week the winners of 12 annual awards recognizing contributions to the field of analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. Winners represent disciplines from separations science to chromatography to electrochemistry. Awards will be presented during this year’s Pittcon meeting, which will take place Feb. 25 to March 2.
The winners are:
  • Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award – Robert Corn, University of California at Irvine
  • Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award – Jonathan Sweedler, University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
  • Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award – Shana Kelley, BostonCollege
  • Pittcon Heritage Award – David Schwartz, chairman of the board, Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award Symposium for Young Investigators in Separation Science – Christopher Culbertson, KansasStateUniversity
  • The Ralph N. Adams Award in Bioanalytical Chemistry – Norman Dovichi, University of Washington
  • Maurice F. Hasler Award – D. Bruce Chase, Dupont
  • Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award – John Dolan, LC Resources
  • Charles N. Reilley Award – George Wilson, University of Kansas
  • The SEAC Young Investigator Award – Mary Elizabeth Williams, PennsylvaniaStateUniversity
  • Tomas Hirschfeld Award – Gerard Downey, Teagasc
  • Willaims-Wright Award – Michael Carraba, Hach Homeland Security Technologies

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Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.