NEWS IN BRIEF

SAN FRANCISCO: Versaggi Biocommunications, which specializes in PR and financial communications for biotech and healthcare companies, has signed three clients worth approximately dollars 450,000: Metazoa, Advanced BioAnalytical Services and Sleep Solutions. None of the companies had previously worked with a PR firm.

SAN FRANCISCO: Versaggi Biocommunications, which specializes in PR and financial communications for biotech and healthcare companies, has signed three clients worth approximately dollars 450,000: Metazoa, Advanced BioAnalytical Services and Sleep Solutions. None of the companies had previously worked with a PR firm.

SAN FRANCISCO: Versaggi Biocommunications, which specializes in PR

and financial communications for biotech and healthcare companies, has

signed three clients worth approximately dollars 450,000: Metazoa,

Advanced BioAnalytical Services and Sleep Solutions. None of the

companies had previously worked with a PR firm.





LOS ANGELES: Winner & Associates has named George Alexander VP. For the

past 12 years, Alexander was the public affairs manager of NASA’s Jet

Propulsion Laboratory. He has also worked in print and broadcast media,

including 13 years as a science writer for the Los Angeles Times.





NEW YORK: The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery has

tapped Clifford PR as its agency of record. The agency has been charged

with promoting the touring exhibition of the gallery’s entire collection

while the museum undergoes a three-year renovation.





WOODLAND HILLS, CA: Sports Afield, a century-old magazine recently

purchased by publisher Robert E. Petersen, has hired JMPR for its August

relaunch.



The title will be repositioned to reflect its original emphasis on

hunting and fishing. JMPR has also picked up Wrenchead.com, an online

exchange and e-commerce site for auto and truck parts.





NEW YORK: Ruder Finn has hired Thomas Pratt as SVP of its corporate and

IR group. Pratt will customize IR programs for small- and mid-cap

companies in the alternative energy, broadband communications,

restaurant, insurance brokerage and industrial equipment fields. He was

formerly a senior consultant with Lundy Associates.





HOUSTON: Cuantra, an information-management firm for ground

transportation companies, has tapped KCSA PR Worldwide for its August

launch in Mexico.



Cuantra is planning to expand into South America by 2001.





SAN DIEGO: Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger has picked up dollars 1 million in

new work from seven technology clients: ideaEDGE Ventures,

1-800-CALL-DOC, iMammogram.com, I-Flow, VenServ, Jaymark and eStore

Manager.





BEDFORD, MA: SupplyWorks, a b-to-b Internet purchasing company, has

appointed Michael Mitsock VP of marketing. Mitsock will oversee the

company’s corporate and product marketing, product management and

communications programs.



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