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People in the News: Sep 10, 2009

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EnVivo Pharmaceuticals said that it has appointed Stephen DiPalma as its senior vice president and chief financial officer.

DiPalma was most recently CFO and executive vice president of business operations at RXi Pharmaceuticals.


MDRNA has named June Ameen as its vice president of business development.

In that role, Ameen will handle alliance management, business development, technology evaluation, and strategic-partnering efforts, the company said.

Ameen previously served as vice president of alliance management and, later, vice president of business development and alliances at Entelos. She has an MBA from Babson College and a BSN from Boston College, according to MDRNA.


Rosetta Genomics announced that Amir Avniel will step down as CEO in order to lead the company’s plant/agrobiotech unit Rosetta Green (see related story, this issue).

Avniel’s departure will become effective once the company has found a replacement.

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.