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May 10, 1989 | LINDA ROACH MONROE, Times Staff Writer
Two biochemists with key expertise in the field of drug design have accepted positions at the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, a development that will strengthen the scientific center's effort to turn its basic research into commercially marketable products. In addition, the scientists could augment the institution's continuing work to create and produce man-made enzymes that Scripps researchers hope could revolutionize industrial processes worldwide. The two researchers, who are to assume positions as full faculty members--the equivalent of full professorships in academia--are: Shapes of Proteins - Jeffrey Skolnick, 35, a professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis and a specialist in protein structure.
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BUSINESS
May 19, 2000 | INDRANEEL SUR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striving to bring private sector expertise to frequently expensive and delay-ridden military contracting, the Defense Department said Thursday it will offer its managers a special master's degree in product development designed by professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1999 | CHARLES PILLER
Because of a production error, the beginning of this story did not appear in Monday's Los Angeles Times. Here is the article in its entirety. Here's the burning question that tortures a multitude of geeks and marketers in Silicon Valley: "With so many instant millionaires around here, why ain't I one of 'em?" Guy Kawasaki, the original Macintosh evangelist and now chief executive of Palo Alto-based Garage.
BUSINESS
July 24, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting increased spending for new product development and a decline in federal grants for medical research, Beckman Instruments' second-quarter earnings fell 25%, to $8.6 million from $11.4 million a year earlier, the company said Monday. The Fullerton-based manufacturer of medical diagnostic and life science research instruments has struggled with declining sales and earnings since SmithKline Beckman Corp. spun off the unitas an independent public company in July, 1989.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1995 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a dramatic effort to pull itself out of virtual free fall, AST Research Inc. on Thursday announced that its beleaguered co-founder and chairman, Safi Qureshey, will step down as chief executive in favor of former Apple Computer executive Ian Diery.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2013 | Jerry Hirsch
Mary Barra, who started at General Motors Co. as a teenager and played a key role in the automaker's post-bailout turnaround, will become the first female chief executive in the company's history. Despite the groundbreaking nature of her appointment, announced Tuesday, Barra in many ways represents the ultimate insider. The Michigan-born daughter of a Pontiac die-maker, Barra grew up loving Camaros and Firebirds and brought deep knowledge of engineering and production to her three decades at the nation's largest automaker.
BUSINESS
April 8, 1991 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the low, rolling hills here behind the city of Taejun, 100 miles north of Seoul, is a spacious research park marked by wide, empty roads winding past soccer fields, parks and an occasional fenced-in government compound. After the bustle of Seoul, it feels almost deserted. It nearly was. Taedok Science City was planned 18 years ago on the model of Silicon Valley to be a "cradle" of research, bringing together the best Korean minds from academic, government and private research institutes.
BUSINESS
September 29, 1999 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sculpting the faces of her collectible Hawaiian dolls or designing their intricate costumes of grass skirts, flower-print dresses and tiny leis, Patty Kanaar is happy to be able to combine her love for the cultures of the South Pacific with her fine arts training. She's less pleased about the state of her company, Hei Mana Creations, which seemed to be on a growth curve before sales slowed, hitting only $80,000 last year.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey will take on a more active role at the fast-growing social networking and microblogging service, the company announced Monday. Dorsey, who has been Twitter's nonexecutive chairman, was named executive chairman in charge of leading the company's product development. Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo announced the new position for Dorsey in a tweet Monday morning, writing that he was "excited" that Dorsey was "returning to the company day-to-day leading product as Executive Chairman.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2001 | TERRIL YUE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Motors Corp.'s new vice chairman and product czar, Robert A. Lutz, was named head of GM North America on Tuesday, signaling an attempt by the world's largest auto maker to return product design and development to the forefront of its business. Lutz replaces Ronald L. Zarrella, who is leaving the company after seven years to become chief executive at his old employer Bausch & Lomb Inc., the optical products maker. Lutz, 69, was a longtime top executive at the former Chrysler Corp.
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