Asterand Appoints Dr. Rebecca Caffrey Business Development Manager For Its Expanding Experimental Pathology Services

Apr 15, 2005, 01:00 ET from Asterand

    DETROIT, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Asterand, the Detroit-based provider of
 human tissue services has appointed Rebecca Caffrey, Ph.D. as Business
 Development manager to promote the experimental pathology services offered by
 the company.  She comes to Asterand from Ciphergen where she served as
 Business Development and Product Manager, and has experience in project
 management, high-throughput proteomics technologies, and strategic alliance
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     "We are very excited to have Rebecca on our team," says Mike Null,
 Asterand's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  "She brings with her a
 wealth of technical knowledge, an enthusiasm for the research services she
 will be providing, and a commitment to building strong relationships with
 customers.  She is a great asset to our business development endeavors."
     Dr. Caffrey will work with pharmaceutical and biotechnology wishing to
 outsource specialized research projects, requiring the pathology expertise
 provided by Asterand.  The company's services are focused on
 immunohistochemistry screening of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, including
 human antibodies for human tissue cross-reactivity, protein localization
 studies, and RNA in situ hybridization for gene expression analysis.  Asterand
 performs these studies on high-quality, fully validated human tissues from its
 own biorepository.
     Dr. Victoria Blanc, Director of Research Services at Asterand said that
 "the addition of Rebecca to our sales and services team enhances the
 opportunity for Asterand to meet with scientists developing projects.  Her
 expertise will assist in working through the scientific details and
 requirements that produce effective and results-driven experiments.  Her
 experience in proteomics, as well, nicely complements my own in genomics."
     About Asterand
     Asterand is the leading provider of human tissue for genomic and proteomic
 research.  The company acquires donated samples from a world wide network of
 collaborating hospitals and clinics.  These samples together with associated
 data and pathology reports are made available to commercial drug discovery
 companies as well as researchers at academic institutions.
     Asterand supplies tissues in a variety of formats including fresh, frozen
 and fixed as well as derivative products such as tissue microarrays, RNA and
 DNA.  The company also carries out a wide range of applied research projects
 on behalf of clients.
     For more information, contact Dr. Victoria Blanc at 313-263-0960 or visit
 Asterand's website at .

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