Benitec announced last week a new management appointment, as well as the expansion of its scientific advisory board.

Sally Brashears has joined Benitec as vice president of intellectual property. According to the company, she previously served as a patent attorney with law firm Moser, Patterson, & Sheridan, and has also acted as director of IP for Clontech Laboratories and Perlagen Sciences. Brashears has also served as outside patent counsel to the National Stem Cell Centre, said Benitec.

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