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Stanley Lapidus, Noubar Afeyan, Stephen Lombardi, Michael Dunham

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Helicos shuffled some executives last week, with company co-founder and CEO Stanley Lapidus taking on the job of chairman from Noubar Afeyan and Stephen Lombardi moving up to the role of president while retaining his job as COO. Afeyan was named lead independent director on the company’s board. 
 
Lombardi was previously COO and vice president of Helicos. Prior to joining the company, he was a senior VP at Affymetrix and before that he spent 16 years at Applied Biosystems as an executive in the company’s DNA sequencing and genetic analysis business. 
 

 
BioForce NanoSciences has appointed Michael Dunham to its board of directors. Dunham previously was on the board of directors at Arryx Technology. He is chairman and owner of Workwise and Intercim, and he previously was senior VP of business development for Industrial & Financial Systems and was co-founder and CEO of Effective Management Systems.  

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.