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Takashi Nakamura, Jerry Williamson, Thomas Wida, Gavin MacBeath

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Takashi Nakamura has been named to the Business Advisory Board of San Francisco-based GeneEd. Nakamura previously held positions at GeneFormatics, Superscape, Hewlett-Packard, and Mitsubishi. He is expected to help GeneEd, which provides researchers with life science and healthcare e-learning products, extend its presence in Japan.


Jerry Williamson has been ap-pointed the new president of Biacore, replacing Thomas Wida, who is leaving the company, Biacore International said on Monday. Williamson joins the Uppsala, Sweden-based company from Beacon BioPartners, a consultancy focusing on the life sciences sector. Until recently, he was the president of Pyrosequencing. Biacore said it will incur approximately SEK 3.2 million ($430,000) for the termination of Wida’s contract.


Gavin MacBeath of the department of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University has received a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation under the Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research Program. MacBeath, who has been developing protein microarrays as part of his research, plans to study protein interactions in cells. Each recipient’s institution receives an award of up to $1 million to support the scientist’s research activities for a period of up to five years.

 

The Scan

Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says.

But Not Harm

New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare.

Effectiveness Drop Anticipated

Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports.

Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks

In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.