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People in the News: Nicolas Barthelemy, Richard Ding, Bruce Bodaken, Karin Eastham, Jorge Garces

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BioTheranostics Nicolas Barthelemy its new president and CEO. He succeeds Richard Ding, who will remain chairman of the board of bioTheranostics in addition to heading the Asia Pacific operations for parent company bioMérieux. Barthelemy previously served as chief commercial officer and president of the Cell Systems Division.


AltheaDx announced the appointment of Bruce Bodaken, Karin Eastham, and Jorge Garces its board of directors.

Bodaken served as chairman and CEO of Blue Shield of California from January 2000 to December 2012, and currently serves on the boards of directors of Rite Aid and WageWorks. He also is on the board of directors of the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare, and is a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution.

Eastham serves on the boards of directors of lllumina, Veracyte, MorphoSys, and Geron. She previously was executive VP, COO, and a member of the board of trustees of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research.

Garces has been president of AltheaDx since February 2014 and the firm's COO since June 2013. Prior to joining AltheaDx, he was senior VP of R&D at GenMark Diagnostics, CEO and president of Enigma Diagnostics, and VP and site operations manager of Hologic.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.