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People in the News: Mats Svensson, David Eklund, Sara Strandberg, John Doyle, and Eric Banks

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Qlucore has added three new employees to its staff. Mats Svensson and David Eklund have been hired as software developers, and Sara Strandberg has been hired as a sales representative to focus on the company's North American market.


Gentris has hired John Doyle to serve as vice president of information technology to oversee the development of Gentris' IT infrastructure and to lead the implementation of BioFortis' Labmatrix and Qiagram software in its biorepository.

Prior to joining the company, Doyle worked at IBM as a programmer and a software engineer. He has a BS in computer and information science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an MS in the same field from Villanova University.


Eric Banks is now the team leader of the Broad Institute's Genome Sequencing and Analysis program. He is taking over from Mark DePristo who is now VP of informatics at SynapDx (see related story this issue).

Before joining the Broad in 2009, Banks earned an ME from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in computational biology from Princeton.


The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.