Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

John McKinley, Sara Cunningham, Ray Whitten, Joseph Horn, Tony Hunter, Tony Pawson, and Alexander Levitzki

Premium

Benitec announced this week that John McKinley has resigned as chairman and CEO of the company. He will remain as a non-executive director, Benitec said.

According to the company, COO Sara Cunningham has become acting CEO. She joined Benitec in 2004 when it acquired Avocel, an RNAi company she co-founded. Prior to starting up Avocel, Cunningham was senior manager of business development at B-Bridge International. Before this, she served as strategic and international marketing manager at BD Biosciences Clontech.

Benitec also said this week that board member Ray Whitten has become chairman of the company’s board. Whitten was formerly the chairman of Queensland Opals, a publicly traded Australian mining company that acquired Benitec in 2002. Following the acquisition, the company began operating as Benitec.


AVI BioPharma said this week that it has appointed Joseph Horn vice president of cardiology.

Horn joins AVI from Cook, where he served as vice president of international sales and clinical services. Prior to working for Cook, Horn was president and CEO of Global Therapeutics, a medical device firm that was later acquired by Cook.


Tony Hunter, Tony Pawson, and Alexander Levitzki have been jointly awarded the 2005 Wolf Prize in Medicine for their research in cancer development and treatment, the Wolf Foundation said last week. They will equally share the $100,000 prize, which will be presented to them in Jerusalem on May 22.

Hunter, a professor of biology at the Salk Institute, is recognized for discovering tyrosine protein kinases. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Pawson, a senior scientist at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and a professor at the University of Toronto, is cited for discovering protein domains essential for mediating protein-protein interactions in cell signaling. He holds a PhD in molecular biology from London University and a BA in biochemistry from Cambridge University.

Levitzki is recognized for developing tyrosine kinase inhibitors to treat cancer, paving the way for drugs such as Gleevec. He is a professor of biochemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Levitzki holds a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics from Hebrew University and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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.