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Paul Billings, Robert Friel, Gregory Summe, Richard Wender, Kerry Frey, Eric Henderson

Paul Billings has been appointed chairman of Signature Genomic Laboratories’ board of directors, the firm said this week.
Billings previously was senior vice president for corporate development and senior geneticist at Laboratory Corporation of America. He has also been executive vice president and chief scientific and medical officer at GeneSage.
Billings received his MD and his PhD in immunology from Harvard University in 1979 and completed his clinical training in internal medicine and medical genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1983.

PerkinElmer last week said that company President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Friel will replace current CEO Gregory Summe on Feb. 1. In accordance with the company’s planned strategy for succession of responsibility, Summe will continue to hold his post as executive chairman of the board through April 2009.
Friel, who started at PerkinElmer in 1999 as chief financial officer and was promoted to president and COO in 2007, will retain his post as president.

Epigenomics has named Richard Wender to the company’s medical advisory board for colorectal cancer screening.
Wender is alumni professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

BioForce Nanosciences has shuffled its management, making President and Chief Operating Officer Kerry Frey the new CEO, while retaining the title of president, and moving current CEO Eric Henderson into the post of executive vice president and chief scientific officer, a newly created position.

The Scan

Pfizer-BioNTech Seek Full Vaccine Approval

According to the New York Times, Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking full US Food and Drug Administration approval for their SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Viral Integration Study Critiqued

Science writes that a paper reporting that SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally integrate into the host genome is drawing criticism.

Giraffe Species Debate

The Scientist reports that a new analysis aiming to end the discussion of how many giraffe species there are has only continued it.

Science Papers Examine Factors Shaping SARS-CoV-2 Spread, Give Insight Into Bacterial Evolution

In Science this week: genomic analysis points to role of human behavior in SARS-CoV-2 spread, and more.