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Rosemary Mazanet, Peter Lassota

Rosemary Mazanet has joined the board of directors of Cellumen, the company said last week.
Mazanet is currently CEO of Breakthrough Therapeutics and acting CEO of Access Pharmaceuticals. She has previously served as CSO and general partner of Oracle Partners, and as director of clinical research at Amgen. Mazanet is also a member of the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and serves on the boards of several public companies including GTx and Aksys.

Caliper this week said that it has appointed Peter Lassota as divisional vice president of oncology.
At Caliper, Lassota will lead the R&D activities involved in oncology applications and the utilization of biophotonic imaging for developing biomarker research technologies. Lassota joins Caliper from the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, where he led Novartis’ US oncology pharmacology unit. Lassota has also worked at Wyeth-Ayerst Research and the American Cyanamid Company. He has an MS in chemistry from the University of Warsaw and a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics from the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.