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Jack Goldstein, Dennis Rossi, Garry Miyada, Maria Carles, SuperArray Bioscience, Genewave


People in the News

Jack Goldstein has joined Illumina's board of directors, the company said this week.

Goldstein most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Chiron until it was acquired by Novartis in April. Prior to Chiron, he spent two years as a general partner at Windamere Venture Partners, preceded by four years at Applied Imaging, first as president and CEO and then later as chairman.

Goldstein spent over a decade at Ortho Diagnostic Systems, a Johnson & Johnson company, in various executive positions including four years as president. He was earlier vice president of R&D at a division of Baxter Healthcare, Illumina said.

Dennis Rossi, Gene Logic's senior vice-president and general manager for genomics, resigned for personal reasons and to pursue other career opportunities, Gene Logic said last week (see Briefs, this issue).

Garry Miyada joined NuGEN Technologies as vice-president of product development, the company said last week.

Miyada spent the past 14 years at Affymetrix, where he held several positions, including senior director of expression product development. Prior to Affymetrix, he spent five years as a research scientist at Syva.

Miyada was a post-doctoral fellow at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. He received his PhD in molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Maria Carles has been named vice president of scientific operations at Gwathmey, the company said this week.

She joins the array-based diagnostics firm from the Scripps Research Institute where she worked in the molecular and experimental medicine department.

Carles holds degrees in drug targeting, immunology, and microbiology from Northeastern University.


New Product Watch

SuperArray Bioscience last week launched its ArrayGrade FFPE RNA Isolation Kit for isolating RNA from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded samples for microarray-based gene expression analysis.

The company claims the kit can help increase percent positive calls on high-density microarrays by reversing more of the cross-links introduced by the archiving process and recommended its use in cancer and pathology research.

Genewave last week launched AmpliSlide 570/670 A, the first in its line of AmpliSlide microarray slides.

According to Genewave, AmpliSlide 570/670 A is designed for two-color DNA microarray experiments. The slide uses a fluorescence-amplifying dielectric coating to provide up to 16-fold signal enhancement balanced in both colors, Genewave said.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.