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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

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.