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People in the News: Andreas Scherer, Christophe Lambert, Gina Costa, Michael Fitzpatrick, and Others

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Bioinformatics firm Golden Helix has hired Andreas Scherer to be its new president and CEO.

Scherer has managed large global software services businesses, and he started his executive career at AOL/Netscape.

He will replace former CEO Christophe Lambert, who will take on the new role of company chairman.


Gina Costa is now senior director of genomic applications at Illumina. She joins Illumina from Life Technologies, where she was senior director of genetic analysis, working on development of the Ion Torrent and SOLiD sequencing technologies.

She has also held positions at Agencourt Bioscience and Roche's 454 Life Sciences.


Personalis has appointed Michael Fitzpatrick to vice president of worldwide sales. He joins the company from OpGen, where he was vice president of global sales and commercial development. He has also held positions at Codon Devices and spent 20 years at Applied Biosciences before it was bought by Life Technologies.


Newly established personal genomics firm Mapmygenome India has named Genetic Alliance President and CEO Sharon Terry to serve on its scientific advisory board, along with Ravi Bathina. The company also named its board of directors, including Arjun Malhotra, co-founder of HCL Technologies and founder of Headstrong; Anula Jayasuriya, co-founder and managing director of the Evolvence India Life Science Fund; company CEO Anu Acharya; and Subash Lingareddy, founder, president, and CFO of Ocimum Biosolutions.

The Scan

Renewed Gain-of-Function Worries

The New York Times writes that the pandemic is renewing concerns about gain-of-function research.

Who's Getting the Patents?

A trio of researchers has analyzed gender trends in biomedical patents issued between 1976 and 2010 in the US, New Scientist reports.

Other Uses

CBS Sunday Morning looks at how mRNA vaccine technology could be applied beyond SARS-CoV-2.

PLOS Papers Present Analysis of Cervicovaginal Microbiome, Glycosylation in Model Archaea, More

In PLOS this week: functional potential of the cervicovaginal microbiome, glycosylation patterns in model archaea, and more.