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Rick Runkel, Francis DiNuzzo, Muneesh Tewari, Stan Lapidus

Rick Runkel has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Affymetrix. He formerly served as senior vice president and general counsel at Intuitive Surgical
Prior to Intuitive Surgical, Runkel was senior vice president of business development, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Visx, a laser vision correction technology firm. Runkel also spent seventeen years practicing law at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP, where he was managing partner of the firm's San Francisco office

Strategic Diagnostics has appointed Francis DiNuzzo to serve as president and CEO, and to sit on the company’s board of directors. He was named interim CEO earlier this year.
DiNuzzo formerly was executive VP and chief commercial officer, positions he took on in February 2008. He spent 26 years in the life and analytical sciences industries, and he has served as VP and GM of chemical solutions, consumables and services, and integrated biology solutions at Agilent Technologies.

CombiMatrix has named Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientist Muneesh Tewari to its scientific advisory board. Tewari, who is a researcher in the Hutch’s human biology division, has worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

Stan Lapidus has joined the board of directors of privately held diagnostics firm T2 Biosystems. Lapidus recently served as CEO of Helicos BioSciences, where he still holds the position of chairman, and he was a founder of Cytyc and Exact Sciences.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.