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Christian Marcazzo, Lawrence R. Moreau, John Sharp, Eppendorf, Epicentre Biotechnologies, Point Technologies, Stanford University


People in the News

Spotfire appointed Christian Marcazzo as senior director of life sciences marketing, the company said last week.

Prior to joining Spotfire, Marcazzo served as vice president of business development at InforSense.

Lawrence R. Moreau has been elected to Sequenom's board of directors and will be the chairman of the audit committee, the company said last week.

Moreau, currently retired, founded financial advisory firm Moreau and Company and investment banking firm, Moreau Capital Corporation. He also was a board member and a licensed financial principal of an investment banking firm, and vice-president of Pacific Enterprises (now Sempra Energy). From 2003 to 2005, Moreau served on InterMix Media's board of directors. He's on the board of Chatsworth Products at this time.

Also, John Sharp, Sequenom's current vice-president of finance, has been promoted to treasurer and principal financial officer.

Sharp became vice-president in November 2004, when he left the director position at Diversa, which he held from August 2000. Sharp was a senior audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1994 to 2000.


New Product Watch

Eppendorf said last month that it has released its DualChip GMO microarray for fast and safe analysis of genetically modified organisms in food.

According to Eppendorf, the DualChip GMO kit enables the detection of GMOs in food in a standardized manner and can be used along with the company's Silverquant detection system to analyze GMO markers in parallel.

Eppendorf said that it seeks to take advantage of new European Union guidelines that set a 0.9 percent limit for GMOs in saleable food. The company said that it has already initiated the technological validation by the EU.

Epicentre Biotechnologies this week launched its ArrayPure nano-scale RNA purification kit for purifying RNA from eukaryotic cells.

Epicentre said that the kit contains only aqueous reagents and requires no toxic organic solvents.

Point Technologies has launched three lines of spotting pins for DNA and protein arrays, the company said recently.

Accelerator PT and PTL microarray spotting pins are now available for installation into existing printheads and are available in tungsten. The split pins are being sold for $225. Alternately, the pins are also available in a solid format priced at $99 each.

Point's PFT microarray spotting pins are flat tip pins with square sides that are priced at $199 each.

Finally, UK-based Point is commercializing PMJ microarray spotting pins that are designed to fit arrayers designed by Stanford University's Brown Lab. They are made of 440C SS and are priced at $199 each.

According to Point, the new pins are being sold in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.