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 development. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050415/DEF008 ) "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 http://www.asterand.com .