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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.

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Germline-Targeting HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Phase I Trial

A National Institutes of Health-led team reports in Science that a broadly neutralizing antibody HIV vaccine induced bnAb precursors in 97 percent of those given the vaccine.

Study Uncovers Genetic Mutation in Childhood Glaucoma

A study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation ties a heterozygous missense variant in thrombospondin 1 to childhood glaucoma.

Gene Co-Expression Database for Humans, Model Organisms Gets Update

GeneFriends has been updated to include gene and transcript co-expression networks based on RNA-seq data from 46,475 human and 34,322 mouse samples, a new paper in Nucleic Acids Research says.

New Study Investigates Genomics of Fanconi Anemia Repair Pathway in Cancer

A Rockefeller University team reports in Nature that FA repair deficiency leads to structural variants that can contribute to genomic instability.