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Noel Doheny, Jerry Williamson, Vivian Cheung, Ivan Baines, Peter Lichter, Klaus Schmidt-Meschner

OpGen has hired Noel Doheny to take over as CEO and as a member of the company’s board of directors. Doheny recently was senior vice president of molecular diagnostics at Affymetrix, and he has been in leadership roles at Biostar, Qiagen, and Ciba-Corning.  

Genetix Group has appointed Jerry Williamson to the post of president of US operations, a new position. Williamson formerly served as president of Biacore, was president of the genomics company Pyrosequencing, and was in commercial management at Genzyme and at Roche Laboratories.

Vivian Cheung has been named an investigator by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Cheung, who is a pediatric neurologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, studies the links between gene expression and individual susceptibility to disease and treatment responses.

ImaGenes has appointed Ivan Baines, Peter Lichter, and Klaus Schmidt-Meschner to its advisory board. Baines is director of services and facilities at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology in Dresden. Lichter is an array technology expert at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. Schmidt-Menschner formerly was an executive at Bayer AG.

The Scan

For Better Odds

Bloomberg reports that a child has been born following polygenic risk score screening as an embryo.

Booster Decision Expected

The New York Times reports the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine this week for individuals over 65 or at high risk.

Snipping HIV Out

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple University researchers are to test a gene-editing approach for treating HIV.

PLOS Papers on Cancer Risk Scores, Typhoid Fever in Colombia, Streptococcus Protection

In PLOS this week: application of cancer polygenic risk scores across ancestries, genetic diversity of typhoid fever-causing Salmonella, and more.