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Comings and Goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 24th, 2020

The Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) and the Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) have chosen Heather Ellis to serve as executive director for both organizations.

Ellis previously served as interim executive director for OTRADI and OBI, which currently support more than 75 biotech and digital healthcare start-ups with a variety of services and mentorship resources. In her new role, Ellis will also join the boards of the Oregon Bioscience Association and the Portland Innovation Quadrant.

“Over the past three years, we have admired and appreciated Heather’s exceptional work at OTRADI and OBI, including her immediate willingness to step into the role of interim executive director,” says Joseph Janda, chairman of the OTRADI and OBI board of directors.

“The board is thrilled to continue our work with her as she takes on the full-time role of executive director for our organization,” he adds. “We have the utmost confidence in her ability to lead the organization in this next chapter of its continuing evolution.”

Source: The Lund Report

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The U.S. Senate has confirmed eminent scientist Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan as the new director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the top American science-funding body.

Panchanathan is the second Indian-American to be nominated for the prestigious role. He currently serves as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the National Academy of Inventors. He was also Chair of the Council on Research of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and Co-Chair of the Extreme Innovation Taskforce of the Global Federation of Competitive Councils.

Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, comments, “I have great confidence that Dr Panchanathan’s proven leadership and vision for disrupting the status quo will help usher in a bright future of scientific breakthroughs for the benefit of the American people. I look forward to working with him to advance the foundation’s critical research and STEM education mission in the years ahead.”

Source: The Hindu

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