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Ted DeFrank, Randy Scott, Kimberly Popovits, Joffre Baker, Steven Shak, Bradley Cole, Lester Crawford

Sample-prep kit maker Proteopure has appointed Ted DeFrank to its board of directors, the company said last week.
DeFrank is president of management consulting company Dalton Enterprises and formerly was president of Pierce Biotechnology, COO of Invitrogen, and vice president of operations at Stratagene.  

Genomic Health last week said its board of directors has approved 2007 base salaries for the company’s top executives: CEO and Chairman Randy Scott will be paid $280,000; Chairman, President and COO Kimberly Popovits will be paid $340,000; CSO Joffre Baker will be paid $310,000; Chief Medical Officer Steven Shak will be paid $315,000; and CFO Bradley Cole will be paid $286,000.

The US Senate last week confirmed Andrew von Eschenbach to be the new commissioner off the Food and Drug Administration.
The Bush appointee was approved after serving as acting commissioner since September 2005 after former commissioner Lester Crawford resigned.

Von Eschenbach previously headed the National Cancer Institute and was chief academic officer at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1967 and worked as an instructor in urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The Scan

Nucleotide Base Detected on Near-Earth Asteroid

Among other intriguing compounds, researchers find the nucleotide uracil, a component of RNA sequences, in samples collected from the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, as they report in Nature Communications.

Clinical Trial Participants, Investigators Point to Importance of Clinical Trial Results Reporting in Canadian Study

Public reporting on clinical trial results is crucial, according to qualitative interviews with clinical trial participants, investigators, and organizers from three provinces appearing in BMJ Open.

Old Order Amish Analysis Highlights Autozygosity, Potential Ties to Blood Measures

Researchers in BMC Genomics see larger and more frequent runs-of-homozygosity in Old Order Amish participants, though only regional autozygosity coincided with two blood-based measures.

Suicidal Ideation-Linked Loci Identified Using Million Veteran Program Data

Researchers in PLOS Genetics identify risk variants within and across ancestry groups with a genome-wide association study involving veterans with or without a history of suicidal ideation.