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People in the News: Jul 6, 2009

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Osmetech has appointed Christopher Gleeson to the post of non-executive chairman, and Jon Faiz Kayyem, who invented the company's eSensor technology while at Clinical Micro Sensors, to be vice chairman. Gleeson previously was president and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems, a position he held until after Ventana was purchased by Roche in 2008. Gleeson also previously was general manager of commercial operations for Chiron Diagnostics and he was senior vice president of Bayer Diagnostics.


Signature Genomic Laboratories last week named Marilyn Slovak and Britt Ravnan as laboratory directors.

Slovak joins Signature from City of Hope National Medical Center where she was director of cytogenetics and professor of pathology. She is also an American Board of Medical Genetics-certified clinical cytogeneticist and a founding fellow of the ABMG College. Slovak holds a PhD in regulatory biology from Cleveland State University and completed her postdoc in cytogenetics and molecular genetics at the University of Arizona.

Ravnan joins Signature from Genzyme Genetics in Santa Fe, NM, where she was cytogenetics laboratory director for 11 years. Before Genzyme, Ravnan held the same post at Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Cytogenetics Laboratory in San Jose, Calif. Ravnan, who is also ABMG-certified, holds a PhD in genetics from Stanford University and completed her postdoc in medical genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.

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.