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Todd Johnson, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, John Berriman

MDS Pharma Services has appointed Todd Johnson to be senior vice president of strategy and corporate development.
Johnson previously was a strategic consultant for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies at McKinsey & Company. He also was CEO of Tangerine Technologies and was a cancer researcher at Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and at the National Institutes of Health

Beckman Coulter said this week that Risa Lavizzo-Mourey has resigned from the company’s board of directors, effective June 1. She is currently president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Beckman said it is conducting a search for candidates to replace Lavizzo-Mourey.

Belgian biomarker company Pronota has appointed John Berriman chairman. Berriman was chairman of Algeta and is a director at MicroMet, Ablynx, and Oxxon Therapeutics.
He had been a director at Abingworth Management, worked at Celltech Group and Celltech Therapeutics, and founded Celltech Biologics. Berriman also was a director and co-founder at Solexa, chairman of Chroma Therapeutics, and was a director at Epigenomics, Alnylam, and XCounter.

The Scan

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.

Clinical Trial Participants, Investigators Point to Importance of Clinical Trial Results Reporting in Canadian Study

Public reporting on clinical trial results is crucial, according to qualitative interviews with clinical trial participants, investigators, and organizers from three provinces appearing in BMJ Open.

Old Order Amish Analysis Highlights Autozygosity, Potential Ties to Blood Measures

Researchers in BMC Genomics see larger and more frequent runs-of-homozygosity in Old Order Amish participants, though only regional autozygosity coincided with two blood-based measures.

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.