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Leonard Herzenberg, Leonore Herzenberg, Krishna Kodukula, Stephen Chang, Gerald Newmin, Cisbio International



Invitrogen said this week that it has formed a flow cytometry scientific advisory board to be chaired by Leonard Herzenberg. Invitrogen also said that Leonore Herzenberg, Leonard's wife, will join the board as a member.

The Herzenbergs are both professors at Stanford University, and run the shared flow cytometry facility there. Len Herzenberg invented the fluorescence-activated cell sorter, and along with Lee has developed several methods and instrumentation related to flow cytometry. Invitrogen said the advisory board will help guide the company's efforts in product development for immunology, flow cytometry, and cell biology.

SRI International this week said that Krishna Kodukula has joined its biosciences division as senior director of system biology. Kodukula will help establish new programs and expand business opportunities, working with SRI's Center of Excellence in Infectious Disease and Biodefense, and Center of Excellence in Computational Biology, SRI said.

Kodukula joins SRI from Sarnoff, an SRI subsidiary. Prior to his time at Sarnoff, Kodukula co-founded Small Molecule Therapeutics and Pyxis Technology Solutions. He has also been an investigator with Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute and a fellow at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. He holds a PhD in biochemistry and botany from Utkal University in India.

MultiCell Technologies said this week that it has appointed Stephen Chang as CEO. He will also continue in his current role as president of MultiCell Technologies. Outgoing CEO Gerald Newmin will continue in his role as co-chairman and secretary of the company, MultiCell said. Chang joined MultiCell as president in 2005.



Cisbio International this week announced the release of its second IP-One assay, called IP-One ELISA, at the GPCR Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The new assay complements Cisbio's existing IP-One HTRF assay to create a portfolio of assays for inositol(1)phosphate quantification and GPCR screening, the company said.

IP-One ELISA is a monoclonal antibody-based assay that detects IP1, a major product of the phosphatidyl inositol cascade, which correlates with Gq-coupled activity, Cisbio said.

The Scan

And For Adolescents

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.

Also of Concern to WHO

The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization has classified the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617 as a "variant of concern."

Test for Them All

The New York Times reports on the development of combined tests for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses like influenza.

PNAS Papers on Oral Microbiome Evolution, Snake Toxins, Transcription Factor Binding

In PNAS this week: evolution of oral microbiomes among hominids, comparative genomic analysis of snake toxins, and more.