CRB names new general counsel

Kansas City, Missouri–based CRB has appointed Courtney Holt as general counsel.

The company provides engineering, construction, consulting and architecture services to the life sciences and food and beverage industries.

Holt will replace Jim Scott, who will retire later this year.

Holt first began working for CRB in 2018 as assistant general counsel.

Courtney Holt

In her role as general counsel, she will lead all aspects of CRB’s legal affairs to ensure compliance with internal policies. She also will play a key role in developing risk management strategies.

Holt received her law degree in 2011 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Scott has worked at CRB since 2013. In his tenure, he has focused on building the company’s governance model. He was promoted to senior associate in 2019.

“Jim’s mentorship has been instrumental in not only m…

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Avatour sees traction for 360° remote site meetings in pharma and beyond

Avatour technology in use at a Seqens facility

While COVID-19 has led to an uptick in remote inspections and virtual training, the startup Avatour (San Francisco) was working on its remote presence platform before the pandemic.

Devon Copley, CEO of the company, was the head of product, VR platform for Nokia from 2015 to 2017, where he was involved in creating a novel Nokia OZO 360° camera. “That was a $60,000 device made out of a single block of CNC-machined aluminum,” Copley recalled. “It was a beautiful piece of engineering, but a little ahead of its time, as it turned out.”

After Nokia decided to cancel the project, Copley reached out to Prasad Balasubramanian, who was in charge of the engineering team for the OZO advanced camera.

Over beers, the two concluded that the concept of enabling individuals to remotely visit a location and talk to individuals there in real-t…

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