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Robert Eaton, Julie Coons

MdBio said last week that Robert Eaton, president of MdBio and MdBio Foundation, has resigned to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Easton will leave his position March 31, but will continue on an as-needed basis as a consultant, MdBio said.
A division of the Tech Council of Maryland, MdBio provides business development, education and workforce development, and communications to the biosciences industry in Maryland.
MdBio and MdBio Foundation will conduct a national search for the next president. Until a replacement is named, Julie Coons, CEO of the Tech Council, will serve as interim president, MdBio said.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.