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Short Reads: Sep 1, 2002

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Anthony Czarnik wins his wrongful-termination suit against Illumina, where he was a co-founder and chief scientific officer. Illumina will have to pay $7.7 million in damages to Czarnik.

 

Rick Wilson moves up to director of the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center. Wilson has been at the university since 1990 and is currently co-director.

 

Celera Genomics appoints Robert Booth as senior vice president of R&D. Booth, who will report directly to president Kathy Ordoñez, spent the past 13 years at Hoffman-La Roche.

 

Former Amersham exec Trevor Nicholls heads to Affymetrix as chief commercial officer. Nicholls, who previously co-founded and ran clinical genomics firm Oxagen, will lead marketing, sales, and manufacturing, and will report to president Sue Siegel.

 

Ronald Ranauro joins Gene-IT as executive vice president for worldwide business development and general manager of US operations, which will be relocated from California to the Boston area. Ranauro was previously co-founder and CEO of Blackstone Computing.

 

Paradigm Genetics hires Heinrich Gugger, most recently president of Syngenta Crop Protection, as its president and CEO.

 

John Hurrell becomes president of the Indiana Proteomics Consortium, a collaboration between Indiana University, Purdue University, and Eli Lilly.

 

GenoSpectra, a genomics, proteomics, and high-throughput screening company, appoints Frank Witney as its first CEO. Witney comes from PerkinElmer Life Sciences, where he was president of drug discovery tools.

 

Former Millennium Pharmaceuticals CTO Mike Pavia leaves to join Oxford Bioscience Partners as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Pavia will remain a consultant to Millennium.

 

Brent Kreider, who left his biological research post at Phylos, joins systems biology and microarray technology company Akceli as senior vice president of technology.

 

Raymond White, DNA Sciences CSO, leaves to join the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center.

 

Craig Venter, who has been decorated with more awards than you’re interested in tracking, recently was presented with the Rell Sun award by the UCSD Cancer Center Luau and Longboard Invitational, one of the biggest draws of surfing legends in the world. Along with the recognition of his surfer fans, Venter received the award in the presence of friend and fellow surfer, Kary Mullis.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.