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HR Notices From April 19

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RetroSense Welcomes Dr. Peter Francis as Clinical Director: Ann Arbor-based RetroSense Therapeutics, a biotechnology company dedicated to developing gene therapy approaches to vision restoration welcomes Peter Francis, MD, PhD to its senior management team as clinical director. Francis has been influential in the early clinical development of several novel therapeutic approaches, including gene therapies. For his outstanding work, throughout his career, he has received numerous awards including “best up-and-coming medical researcher in the United Kingdom 2002″ and the Foulds Trophy best-research prize at the UK National Ophthalmology Conference. Francis recently directed a translational research center specializing in human clinical trials for orphan and inherited diseases of the retina, and has participated in preparation and submission of multiple INDs to the FDA. Francis graduated from medical school in the UK and undertook residency in London, UK. He is fellowship trained in retina and genetics (Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, and Casey Eye Institute, USA). Dr Francis has held academic faculty positions at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and most recently, Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR. RetroSense Therapeutics is developing gene therapy to restore vision in patients suffering from blindness due to retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and advanced dry age-related macular degeneration (advanced dry-AMD). There are currently no FDA approved therapies to improve or restore vision in patients with these retinal degenerative conditions. More at www.retro-sense.com. Darcy Named VP Marketing, Communications and Enrollment at Kettering U: President Robert K. McMahan announced the appointment of Kip Darcy as the new vice president for marketing, communications and enrollment at Kettering University in Flint, beginning April 16. Darcy previously directed admissions for both the Washington University School of Law and the University of California Hastings College of Law. At Hastings, he directed the nation’s 10th largest law school admissions and financial aid operation. In these roles he also developed and implemented successful national and international student recruitment programs. Most recently, Darcy managed field enablement and communications at Blue Coat Systems, Inc. At Blue Coat Systems, he developed a communications strategy and organization for a technology-focused 400+ member field team. Darcy also spent several years with HP Software, where among other programs he was responsible for expanding technology initiatives to micro banking organizations in Africa. Darcy holds both an MBA and a Master’s of Art degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. He is from San Francisco. More at  www.kettering.edu

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