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Shawn Handran, Frank Brown, Claire Fraser-Liggett

Shawn Handran is the new director of imaging for Molecular Devices, CBA News learned this week.
Handran was previously product manager for the IonWorks product line at Molecular Devices. Prior to that, Handran was a product manager at Axon Instruments, acquired by Molecular Devices in 2004.

Accelrys said this week that Frank Brown will be the company’s new chief science officer.
From 1997 to 2006, Brown held a variety of positions at Johnson & Johnson, most recently senior research fellow within the office of the chief information officer, Accelrys said. Brown has a PhD in physical organic chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and obtained his post doc in simulations on biological systems at the University of California, San Francisco.


Claire Fraser-Liggett will join the board of directors of Becton Dickinson, effective Nov. 20, the firm announced this week. Fraser-Liggett is president and director of the Institute for Genomic Research.

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.