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Robert Radie, Luigi Grasso, Acolyte Biomedica, GeneCopoeia



Morphotek this week announced it has appointed Robert Radie as chief business officer and promoted Luigi Grasso to senior vice president of research & development.

Radie most recently served as senior vice president of strategic projects and planning at Vicuron Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, Radie spent his professional career in a broad range of positions at Eli Lilly. He holds a BS in chemistry from Boston College.

Grasso co-founded Morphotek and has served as its vice president of research since its inception. He has a PhD in pathology from the University of Catania, Italy.



Acolyte Biomedica this week announced the launch of BacLite RapiTECT Mammalian for rapid enumeration of mammalian cells, extending the company's BacLite RapiTECT cell quantification and growth assay product line.

BacLite RapiTECT Mammalian uses adenylate kinase as a marker for viable cells. Acolyte said that the AK technology is up to 100 times more sensitive than standard ATP bioluminescence and up to 1 million times more sensitive than optical measurements.

GeneCopoeia this week announced the availability of OmicsLink ORF Lentiviral Expression Clones.

The lentiviral system is effective at delivering genetic material to whole-model organisms and almost all mammalian cells, including non-dividing cells, cells that are not active or growing, and difficult-to-transfect cells such as neurons, primary cells, and stem cells, GeneCopoeia said. More than 16,000 human genes have been cloned into three types of lentivrial expression vectors, GeneCopoeia said.


The Scan

Not Yet a Permanent One

NPR says the lack of a permanent Food and Drug Administration commissioner has "flummoxed" public health officials.

Unfair Targeting

Technology Review writes that a new report says the US has been unfairly targeting Chinese and Chinese-American individuals in economic espionage cases.

Limited Rapid Testing

The New York Times wonders why rapid tests for COVID-19 are not widely available in the US.

Genome Research Papers on IPAFinder, Structural Variant Expression Effects, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Markers

In Genome Research this week: IPAFinder method to detect intronic polyadenylation, influence of structural variants on gene expression, and more.