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Howard Berg, Joe Falke, Kathleen Wiltsey, Matthew Powers

The Biophysical Society has named Howard Berg as the recipient for its annual award for outstanding investigator in single molecule technology. Berg is the Herchel Smith professor of physics and a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University. The award, sponsored by US Genomics, was established in 2004 to recognize “work advancing the field of single molecule biology as demonstrated through innovative research, publications, and other accomplishments related to detailing the properties, characteristics or behavior of individual biomolecules.”
Joe Falke, incoming president of the Biophysical Society, said in a statement that Berg “not only helped to found this modern field by establishing the very first single-motor assay, but continues today to lead the way with his unique and innovative approaches to single-cell and single-molecule physiology."

Lexicon Genetics has elected Kathleen Wiltsey to its board of directors. Wiltsey joined the X Prize Foundation last year as executive director for the development and launch of the Archon X Prize for Genomics and currently serves as vice president of the board of the associates of the California Institute of Technology. From 1984 to 1998, Wiltsey worked in business development and marketing at Amgen.

Matthew Powers, a partner at law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, will now co-chair the firm’s global litigation/regulatory department. Powers has litigated cases in DNA sequencing and other biotechnology areas, as well as semiconductor devices, communications, and other technologies. He previously headed the firm's patent litigation practice.

The Scan

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