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John Rossi, Nassim Usman, Craig Mello, Gary Ruvkun, and Wolfgang Fries

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This year’s American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists National Biotechnology Conference will feature two speakers from the RNAi field.

John Rossi, from the City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute, is scheduled to present his preclinical work on treating HIV using RNAi.

Sirna Therapeutics’ COO Nassim Usman is also slated to discuss his company’s work using RNAi to treat age-related macular degeneration.


GeneExpression Systems presented Craig Mello, of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, with its RNAi Technology Innovator award at the RNAi-2004 meeting in Waltham, Mass. this week.

Gary Ruvkun, of Harvard Medical School, was also presented with the microRNA Innovator award.


Qiagen said this week that it has named Wolfgang Fries as the company’s vice president of global human resources.

In the newly created position, Fries will be responsible for “building, attracting, and retaining … talent at Qiagen,” the company said.

Before joining Qiagen April 1, Fries served as vice president, human resources, at GDX Automotive, a subsidiary of GenCorp in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He also has held human resources positions at Faurecia-SAI Automotive Audi.

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