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Posted on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:15 a.m.

People & achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area, including Dickinson Wright and the Kathy Toth and Team - Keller Williams

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Jordan Schreier

From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here’s a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:

• Attorney Jordan Schreier has joined the Ann Arbor office of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member. Schreier’s practice primarily involves advising for-profit and nonprofit employers on planning and compliance issues involving all aspects of employee benefits.

• Kathy Toth and Team Realtors announced the addition of a new member, John Price, to the Ann Arbor team. The Toth team is affiliated with Keller Williams Realty.

• Ann Arbor resident Dane Visnick has been admitted to the North Bennet Street School in Boston, where he has begun a two-year training program in cabinet and furniture making. The educational institution is known internationally for its rigorous teaching methods and for its role in promoting the preservation of traditional crafts skills. Visnick is a graduate of Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School and a 2012 graduate of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Advanced Photonix, an Ann Arbor-based supplier of optoelectronic components and systems, has acquired optoelectric assets from Silonex Inc, based in Montreal. To facilitate this transaction, Advanced Photonix established a new Canadian subsidiary that will be called Advanced Photonix Canada, Inc.

ProQuest, based in Ann Arbor, and OCLC, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, are launching a data exchange program that will allow library users access to OCLC's WorldCat Local service, ProQuest's Summon service, the full-text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books. ProQuest Central is a multidisciplinary, full-text database, while WorldCat is the world's largest database of bibliographic information.

• A new $7.5 million fund called the U-M M-TRAC for Life Sciences will help University of Michigan medical discoveries move from the laboratory to the market. Funded in part by a new $2.4 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. 21st Century Jobs Fund, the new effort will help the U-M Medical School and U-M Tech Transfer "fast forward" medical research projects with a high potential of commercial success. Over the next three years, U-M medical researchers will be able to apply for translational research funds to help them pursue early-stage "proof of concept" projects with high commercial potential and value.

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