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Patrick Kelly has been appointed as European sales director of RainDance Technologies, a new position. He is based in Manchester, UK. Kelly joins RainDance from Helicos BioSciences, where he was global business manager for European operations. Previously, he was business team manager in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, for Agilent Technologies, and before that, European site manager and vice president of sales and support at Affymetrix. Prior to that, he was European sales manager for genetic analysis systems at Applied Biosystems. Kelly holds a BS in chemistry from Sheffield University.


Alan Carter has become vice president of global business development at Agendia. Previously, he held positions in business development, sales, and marketing at BioTrove, Celera, Applied Biosystems, and Perkin Elmer.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.