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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

Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says.

But Not Harm

New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare.

Effectiveness Drop Anticipated

Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports.

Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks

In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.