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Steve Burrill, Mark Modzelewski, Elizabeth Hutt, Anne Koph-Sill, and John Todd


The Council for Entrepreneurial Development said this week that Steve Burrill, CEO of life sciences merchant bank Burrill & Co. and board member at Galapagos Genomics, will speak at Biotech 2004.

Biotech 2004 is being presented by CED along with the North Carolina Biosciences Organization and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. It is scheduled for May 26-27 in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

CombiMatrix said this week that Mark Modzelewski has been named to the company’s scientific advisory board.

Modzelewski is the founder and CEO of the Nanobusiness Alliance, and is a member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to President Bush’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

NuGene Technologies said this week that it has appointed three new members to its executive management team.

Joining the company’s management team are Elizabeth Hutt, who comes on as vice president of sales and service. Hutt, according to NuGene, was formerly vice president of sales and service with Tripos, and has held positions with Affymetrix and Life Technologies.

NuGene also said that Anne Kopf-Sill would be the company’s new vice president of product development. Kopf-Sill was form- erly vice president of new products at Caliper Technologies, and has held engineering and product management positions with Abaxis and Molecular Devices, said NuGene.

Finally, John Todd has joined NuGene as vice president of marketing. Prior to this, he was an independent business consultant with clients that included Proteomic Systems, ParAllele BioScience, and Quantum Dots, said NuGene. Todd has also held positions with Chiron, Bayer Diagnostics, Baxter Healthcare, and Enzo Biochem.

The Scan

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Consumer genetic testing has uncovered cases of fertility fraud that are leading to lawsuits, according to USA Today.

Ties Between Vigorous Exercise, ALS in Genetically At-Risk People

Regular strenuous exercise could contribute to motor neuron disease development among those already at genetic risk, Sky News reports.

Test Warning

The Guardian writes that the US regulators have warned against using a rapid COVID-19 test that is a key part of mass testing in the UK.

Science Papers Examine Feedback Mechanism Affecting Xist, Continuous Health Monitoring for Precision Medicine

In Science this week: analysis of cis confinement of the X-inactive specific transcript, and more.