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Zouhair Atassi, Thomas Watts, Ben Crossett, Congressman James Greenwood, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, Carl Feldbaum


Zouhair Atassi and Thomas Watts have joined the scientific advisory board of Power3, the company, based in The Woodlands, Texas, said this week. Atassi is chair of chemistry and a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Watts is a resident physician at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. He holds an MD from Baylor College of Medicine.

Ben Crossett has become manager of the University of Sydney node of the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility. He joins APAF after completing postdoctoral work at Imperial College, London. Crossett holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Congressman James Greenwood, who recently held hearings on Capitol Hill to see whether Emanuel Petricoin and Lance Liotta at the National Cancer Institute violated conflict of interest rules, will leave the US House of Representatives to become president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. He replaces Carl Feldbaum. Greenwood, a Republican, is chairman of the US Congressional Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has been scrutinizing consulting and awards ethics at the NIH during a series of hearings earlier this month.

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