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People in the News: Jul 16, 2009

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Interclick, an online advertising firm, has appointed Steven Rubin to its advisory board.

Rubin is currently a member of the Frost Group, an investment firm, and executive vice president of administration and a director of Opko Health.


MDRNA announced that it has appointed Peter Garcia as its new CFO.

Garcia replaces Bruce York, who had been CFO through MDRNA's transition to an RNAi drug developer from intranasal drug-delivery firm Nastech Pharmaceutical. York will become MDRNA's vice president of finance and chief accounting officer.

Garcia most recently served as CFO of Nanosys, a privately held nanotechnology company. Before that, he was CFO of Nuvelo, a public biopharmaceutical firm. He holds an MBA from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in economics and sociology from Stanford University.


Arrowhead Research, the parent firm of Calando Pharmaceuticals, announced that its CFO Paul McDonnel intends to resign to pursue an out-of-state opportunity.

McDonnel will serve as CFO until Aug. 10. Arrowhead's former President and CFO Joseph Kingsley was named vice president of finance and accounting, and will assist the company with financial management until a new CFO is found, Arrowhead said.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.