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Camran Nezhat, Bipin Dalmia, Fredrik Henell, Harry Leonhardt, Richard J. Renaud, Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, Douglas Conklin, Scott Tenenbaum

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Camran Nezhat, director of the Stanford Endoscopy Center for Training & Technology at Stanford University, has joined the scientific advisory board of CombiMatrix, the company said this week. Nezhat is a graduate of Tehran University School of Medicine.


Bipin Dalmia joins Biolex of Pittsboro, NC, as vice president for business development. Dalmia previously was biopharmaceuticals business unit leader for Syngenta Plant Science. Prior to that, he was director for product concepts at Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute; and research manager for the protein core facility at Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Dalmia holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Drake University.


Fredrik Henell joins ZymoGenetics of Seattle as senior vice president for business development. Previously, Henell was vice president for business development and mergers and acquisitions for Pharmacia. Henell holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, and an MD and a PhD from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.


Harry Leonhardt has been named vice president and general counsel for La Jolla, Calif.-based Senomyx. Previously, Leonhardt was executive vice president for business development and general counsel at Genoptix; and was senior vice president, general counsel for Nanogen. He was also general counsel for European Operation for Allergan. He holds a BSc degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and a JD from the University of Southern California Law Center.


Concordia University in Montreal unveiled the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex, named in honor of a long-time supporter of the school. The building will host the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics and other related research centers.


Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, Douglas Conklin and Scott Tenenbaum have joined the faculty of the University of Albany’s GenNYSis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics. Aguirre-Ghiso was a post-doctoral fellow at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Conklin joins the cancer center from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he was a research investigator. Tenenbaum comes to the center following a post-doctoral fellowship in microbiology at Duke University.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

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Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.