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Mawhinney Joins Ikonisys, Callaghan Resigns from Vermillion Board, Smedley to Lead Invitrogen-ABI Integration, and More

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Ikonisys has hired Louise Mawhinney to the post of senior VP and chief financial officer, the cell-based diagnostics developer said this week. Mawhinney formerly was a senior VP and CFO of Helicos Biosciences, and before that she was a CFO at ArQule, and at Cleanwise, and the Butcher Company.

Lentigen has appointed Jim Meade to be VP of corporate development. Meade has worked at Avalon Pharmaceuticals as VP of business development, and he has a total of 30 years experience at companies including Pharmacia, Bayer, and Chiron.

Michael Callaghan has resigned from Vermillion’s board of directors, the company stated in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week.
Callaghan was a member of the company’s audit and compensation committees of the board of directors. The company said Callaghan resigned for personal reasons and not as the result of any disagreement.

Invitrogen announced that it has named Mark Smedley, the firm’s global head of operations, to lead the integration team for its $6.7 billion acquisition of Applied Biosystems.

RXi Pharmaceuticals has appointed University of Massachusetts scientist Victor Ambros to its scientific advisory board. Ambros is best known for his work in discovering microRNA. He was a professor at Dartmouth College from 1992 to 2007, and before that he studied genetic pathways as a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.