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People in the News: Greg Lucier, Peter Dansky, Matt Brunner, Bruce Mrachek, Lee Stuart

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Diagnostics firm Epic Sciences has appointed Greg Lucier as chairman of its board of directors. Lucier, formerly chairman and CEO of Life Technologies, will provide guidance to Epic Sciences in its efforts to commercialize a circulating rare cell analysis platform and other circulating tumor cell-focused products and services.


Peter Dansky, formerly the president of the molecular and cell biology division at Life Technologies, has joined Agena Bioscience as its CEO and a member of its board of directors. He will lead Agena's expansion of its genetic analysis business into new application areas including clinical diagnostics. Previously, he held management positions at Arcturus Bioscience, Affymetrix, Molecular Dynamics, PerSeptive BioSystems, and Millipore.


MolecularHealth has added three new members to its US sales team: Matt Brunner, Bruce Mrachek, and Lee Stuart. Brunner will be regional VP for the western region of the US, while Mrachek and Stuart will serve as senior account directors for the southwest and southeast reagions, respectively.

All three are former employees of Life Technologies and bring with them years of experience in pharmaceutical and diagnostics sales. According to MolecularHealth, the company is expanding its sales team in response to increasing demand for its TreatmentMap cancer therapy decision support offering, launched in April.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.