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Michael Barber, Rich Keffer

GE has appointed Michael Barber as chief technology officer of GE Healthcare and a vice president of technology, diagnostic imaging. He has been the general manager of technology since May 2005 and has been with GE since 1981. He held other positions in GE Healthcare, including general manager for components engineering and general manager for global components operations.
Barber received his bachelors' degree in electrical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Sigma-Aldrich this week said that it has tabbed Rich Keffer as corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective Aug. 28.
Keffer most recently served as general counsel for D&K Healthcare, which was acquired in 2005 by McKesson. Overall, he has 25 years of corporate legal experience at a variety of global public companies in the consumer products, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, Sigma said.
Keffer earned a JD from Washington University School of Law and a BA in economics from Greenville College.

The Scan

Response Too Slow, Cautious

A new report criticizes the global response to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nature News reports.

Pushed a Bit Later

Novavax has pushed back its timeline for filing for authorization for its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

AMA Announces Anti-Racism Effort

The Associated Press reports that the American Medical Association has released a plan to address systemic racism in healthcare.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on miRMaster 2.0, MutationTaster2021, LipidSuite

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: tool to examine small non-coding RNAs, approach to predict ramifications of DNA variants, and more.