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Rene Bernards, Claire Fraser, Richard Schifreen, Joseph Williams


Rene Bernards, chief scientific officer of Agendia, has won the Spinoza prize from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, Agendia said today.

Bernards also heads the division of molecular carcinogenesis at the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

Claire Fraser has received the 2005 Promega Biotechnology Research Award, the Institute for Genomic Research said this week.

She is the president and director, as well as a co-founder, of TIGR.

She holds a PhD in pharmacology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a BS in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Mirus Bio said last week that it has named Richard Schifreen as the company's vice president of research products.

Schifreen joins Mirus from Promega, where he served as director of technology and business development. He is also a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the masters of science in biotechnology program.

Schifreen holds a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Georgia, said Mirus, and is a diplomat of the American Board for Clinical Chemistry.

Mirus also said last week that it has appointed Joseph Williams as vice president of finance and administration.

Williams was previously vice president of finance and administration at Reliant Technologies, a medical laser company. Prior to this, he was CFO for a number of venture-funded startups, Mirus said.

Williams is a CPA and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southwest Texas State University, according to Mirus.

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