PTD Adds Sales Exec: East Lansing-based PTD Technology announced the addition of Phil Deschaine as a sales executive for the company. Deschaine brings with him 23 years of experience in the IT industry, including software and hardware sales, implementation, application specialist, and small business solutions provider. Additionally, he holds certifications in CompTIA  A+ & Network +. In his position, Deschaine is responsible for developing PTD’s client base, as well as expanding services to their various markets, such as commercial, higher education, non-profit, and the government sector.  PTD Technology of East Lansing has been in the information technology industry since 1978, and has served clients throughout Michigan and the United States. To learn more about PTD Technology, visit For a complimentary consultation, contact Phil Deschaine at: or call (517) 333-9363, ext, 150.

Asterand Gets New Science Officer: Detroit-based human tissue research provider Asterand plc Wednesday announced tha Dalia Cohen has been appointed as its Chief Scientific Officer. Cohen will have global responsibility for shaping and leading the company’s scientific positioning and strategy. Cohen joins Asterand from Rosetta Genomics, a developer of microRNA-based molecular diagnostics, where she currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer. Cohen has 15 years of experience working in several executive positions at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, including vice president and global head of strategic enabling technologies and vice president and global head of functional genomics. The hire brings the number of Ph.D’s on board with Asterand to 20. Asterand offers pharmaceutical, biotech and diagnostic companies the unique opportunity to have one company meet all of their human biomaterial needs along the continuum of drug discovery and development. Our mission is to accelerate target discovery and compound validation and enable pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to take safer and more effective drugs into the market. For more information go to

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