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People In The News: Apr 5, 2013

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genome Prairie said this week that it has tapped Chris Barker to be its chief scientific officer.

Barker, who will be based in Saskatoon and will collaborate with partners in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and at other Canadian genomics centers, joined Genome Prairie in 2006 as a project manager and has managed multiple programs funded by Genome Canada.

He also headed project management activities with regional startups BioSTAR and MetaMorphix.


Paul MacLeman, former CEO of Genetic Technologies Limited, has joined the contract pharmaceutical company IDT Australia as CEO, Melbourne-based IDT said this week.


Epigenomics said this week that it has appointed its Chief Operating Officer Uwe Staub to serve on the company's executive board.

Staub has been with Epigenomics since 2008, and his portfolio has including product development, R&D, medical and regulatory affairs, customer support, and manufacturing.

He also previously held posts at Abbott Diagnostics, Digene, and Qiagen.


Quest Diagnostics said this week that Sukumar Nagendran has joined the firm as VP of medical affairs, a newly created position.

In the role, he will offer medical oversight for the company's diagnostic information services, and he will be located at the company's headquarters in Madison, NJ.

Nagendran recently was VP and head of medical affairs at Reata Pharma, and he held several posts at Daiichi Sankyo, Pfizer, and Novartis.


AdvaMedDx, a division of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, announced the election of several new members to its board of directors.

The new board members are: Gregory Arnsdorff, VP of Abbott Laboratories and president of Abbott Point of Care; Nefertiti Greene, VP of US diabetes care at Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care; Brian Miller, managing partner at Linden Capital Partners; and Rick Brajer, president and CEO of LipoScience.


Rutgers University Professor Helen Berman has won the 2013 DeLano Award for Computational Biosciences from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Berman, who is a co-founder of the Protein Data Bank, won the award for her efforts to make data universally available, according to ASBMB. She became director of the PDB in 1998, and in 2003 Berman co-founded the Worldwide PDB organization that manages the archive. She also directs the PDB's Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics and was involved in creating the Nucleic Acid Database.


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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.