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Faysal Sohail, J. Craig Venter, Tony White


CMEA Ventures of San Francisco has named Faysal Sohail as a venture partner. Prior to joining CMEA, Sohail was CEO of Cadabra Design Automation and managed its acquisition by Numerical Technologies, where he served as senior vice president of worldwide field operations.


J. Craig Venter has stepped down as president of Celera Genomics. Venter led the company through its much-publicized sequencing of the human genome, but is leaving the post so that a replacement can lead Celera further “downstream” into pharmaceutical development. Venter, who helped found The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), plans to spend more time working as chairman of the organization. Applera CEO Tony White will serve as interim president of Celera until a replacement for Venter can be found.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.