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Rose Lance, Markus Wolfinger, Stephan Mahn, Cathy Burzik, and Tony White

Axxam has appointed Rose Lance to lead its business development efforts in North America, the Milan, Italy-based company said this week.
Lance will be based in Boston. She comes to Axxam from 454 Life Sciences, where she conducted business development. She has also been employed by Boehringer Mannheim, NovoNordisk, and Dako, Axxam said.
She has a BS in microbiology from Southern Illinois University.

Markus Wolfinger was appointed to the advisory board of CyBio, the company announced this week.
Wolfinger is the CFO of Stratec Biomedical Systems. Dieter Matheis, who had been the board’s chairman, resigned Sept. 30 for personal reasons, the company said. He was replaced by Stephan Mahn.

Applied Biosystems President Cathy Burzik has stepped down, ABI said this week.
Burzik departed to take over as CEO of Kinetic, a San Antonio-based company specializing in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces.

Applera President and CEO Tony White has become interim president of the Applera business unit.

Burzik took over the helm of ABI after Michael Hunkapiller retired in August 2004. She joined ABI in September 2003 from Johnson & Johnson, where she was president of the company’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business. Before being named president of ABI, Burzik had been executive vice president and COO at ABI.

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.