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People in the News: Aug 2, 2011

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David Okrongly has stepped down as CEO of Quanterix. Executive Chairman Martin Madaus is currently acting as the company's interim CEO. Madaus has been executive chairman since November 2010. Previously he was president and CEO of Millipore.


Proteome Sciences has tapped Glenn Barney to be vice president of business development in North America. Barney previously held the same title at NextGen Sciences, where he was responsible for commercializing biomarker discovery services. Before that, he held senior positions at Decision Biomarkers and PerkinElmer.

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.