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Katherine O Hara, Peter Johnson, Brett Farabaugh, Heiri Gugger, Keith Davis, Doug Morton, Robert Goodman, Susan Harlander, Michael Summers


Katherine O’Hara will become senior vice president and general counsel of PerkinElmer on May 2, the company said last week.

Most recently, O’Hara was vice president and associate general counsel for Avon Products. O’Hara holds a doctorate of law from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in economics from Duke University.

Following its recent transformation from an agricultural genomics to a biomarker company, Icoria of Research Triangle Park, NC, last week announced a number of changes in its management and board:

Peter Johnson, executive vice president and chief medical officer, is leaving the company “for personal reasons and to pursue other interests,” according to Icoria. Brett Farabaugh has been promoted to vice president finance, from director of finance and chief accounting officer.

The company also created an “Office of the President” to facilitate the transition, which has the following members: CEO and president Heiri Gugger, who will lead the office; Keith Davis, vice president of agricultural biotechnology; and Doug Morton, a company director and CEO of Southwest Michigan Innovation Center.

Robert Goodman, Susan Harlander, and Michael Summers will step down from the board of directors at the company’s May 11 annual meeting.


The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.