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Hans Peter Fatscher, Robert Langer

Qiagen has promoted Hans Peter Fatscher to vice president of life sciences sales, the company said last week. Fatscher has worked at Qiagen since 2001 in sales management and other sales areas, including director of global customer satisfaction.
In his new position at Qiagen, Fatscher will be responsible for North American life science sales and will work to standardize the company’s life sciences commercial processes in North America.
Fatscher spent about eight years in sales at a company owned by Boehringer Ingelheim, and ran his own consulting firm for three years before joining Qiagen.

Robert Langer has been named chairman of Boston Life Sciences’ science and technology committee, the company said this week.
The committee will assist Boston Life Sciences with drug discovery and development strategies, identify processes for evaluating and acquiring technology, and review the company’s research and development programs.
Langer is currently an institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he researches, among other things, drug delivery technologies. Recently, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in-licensed siRNA delivery technology developed in his lab (see RNAi News, 12/7/2006).

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.