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People in the News: Jan 18, 2011

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Saladaz Biomedical has named Edward Erickson as its new president and CEO. Prior to joining Saladax, Erickson was president and CEO of BioNanomatrix. Before that, he was chairman, president, and CEO of Cellatope. He held similar roles at Immunicon, DepoTech, and Cholestech.

Erickson is currently a director of BioNanomatrix, Metabolon, and MDxHealth. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and BS and MS degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Sequenom has appointed William Welch to be senior vice president of diagnostics, a role in which he will be responsible for all commercial aspects of the firm’s diagnostics business. Welch formerly was senior VP and chief commercial officer at Monogram Biosciences, VP of sales and marketing at La Jolla Pharmaceuticals, and he worked in general management at Abbott Laboratories.


Agilent Technologies has named Tachi Yamada to its board of directors. Yamada currently serves as president of the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, he was chairman of research and development at GlaxoSmithKline.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.