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People in the News: Steven Kafka, John Reed, Kristiina Vuori

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Foundation Medicine has appointed Steven Kafka chief business officer, a newly created position. He joins the company from Aileron Therapeutics, where he served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Previously, he was vice president of finance for Infinity Pharmaceuticals and senior director of finance at Millennium Pharmaceuticals.



Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
said this week that CEO John Reed is leaving his post at the institute to become head of Roche Pharma Research and Early Development and to serve on the firm's corporate executive committee. Sanford-Burnham's current President, Kristiina Vuori, will take over Reed's responsibilities on an interim basis while the institute seeks his replacement.
The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.