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People in the News: Oct 26, 2010

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Combimatrix has appointed Daniel Forche to be senior vice president of sales and marketing. Forche comes to Combimatrix from Agendia, where he held the same title as his new post, and before that he worked in marketing and sales at Ventana Medical Systems and at Abbott Laboratories' diagnostics division.


Forte Research Systems has named Srini Ramachandra as its vice president of sales, marketing, and business development.

Prior to joining Forte, Ramachandra was responsible for global marketing of microarray instruments and software at Roche Diagnostics and, prior to that, he spent 15 years developing and marketing software products at Applied Biosystems for life science research.


Wilbert Keon has retired from his position as a director at Med BioGene, where he served since 2004. Keon founded the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in 1969, where he served as CEO until 2004.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

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