SYNBIOTICS HIRES ANIMAL HEALTH CARE PRESIDENT ...Synbiotics Corp. (NASDAQ:SBIO) of San Diego hired Robert L.Widerkehr as president of its animal health care unit.Widerkehr was vice president of U.S. and Canadian operationsfor SmithKline Beecham Animal Health. Synbiotics alsopromoted Lewis Ploth to chief financial officer of its UniSynFibertec subsidiary and appointed Michael K. Green of PriceWaterhouse to CFO of its ImmunoPharmaceutics subsidiary.Daniel F. Cain, who was executive vice president, left Synbioticsat the end of his contract, the company said. .

Gensia Pharmaceuticals Inc., a San Diego developer of acutecare biopharmaceuticals, has hired Mark D. Erion, Ph.D., asdirector of chemistry and biochemistry. Erion was group leaderof protein engineering at Ciba-Geigy Ltd. ... Marc E. Goldberg,formerly chief financial officer of Safer Inc. of Newton, Mass.,has been named president and chief executive of theMassachusetts Biotechnology Research Institute, a technologytransfer organization in Worcester, Mass.

Natural Product Sciences Inc., a Salt Lake City developer ofproducts based on naturally occurring compounds, said it haselected Donald E. Kuhla, Ph.D., president of Hybridon Inc., to itsboard of directors

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