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Craig Venter has been awarded this year's North American BioBusiness Leadership Award by the University of Southern California's Marshall Business School, USC said this week.

The award is the first in a series of regional and global BioBusiness Leadership Awards that "recognize leading individuals, organizations or corporations that exemplify the spirit of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship in areas of biobusiness," USC said.

Yash Gupta, USC Marshall dean, will present Venter with the award at a lunch ceremony at the Davidson Conference Center on the USC campus on December 7.


Fisher Scientific subsidiary Dharmacon has hired Susan Strong as vice president of marketing.

Strong most recently worked as an independent consultant, primarily for the US branch of Swiss bioinformatics firm GeneData. Prior to that, she was vice president for sales and marketing at Genomica. She has also served as vice president of marketing for Dionex, and held various marketing and field positions for 14 years at Hewlett-Packard. Strong holds an MS in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina.


Agostino Fede has been appointed senior vice president of global central labs of PPD and will take the position next March, the company said last week.

PPD recently changed its name from Medical Research Laboratories International.

Fede most recently served as chief executive officer and founder of Vizyo, a drug development informatics venture in Geneva, and previously served as vice president of operations and sales director for Covance Central Laboratories in Europe.

He has also held management positions with CR Bard and the diagnostics division of Abbott Laboratories.

Fede holds an MS and PhD in molecular biology and biophysics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and also earned an MBA from Ashridge Business School in the UK.


Susan Clark joined Dynex Technologies as vice president of sales and marketing, Dynex's parent company, Magellan Biosciences, said this week.

Clark previously served as sales manager for Thermo Electron's trace chemical analysis group, part of its scientific instrument division.

Clark holds a BS in biology from the University of Akron in Ohio.


Sigma-Aldrich has named Doug Rau as its vice president of human resources, the company said this week.

Rau most recently served as vice president of human resources at Kellwood, an apparel company. He also served as Kellwood's director of training and development for five years.

Rau holds an MBA degree from Saint Louis University and a BA in business administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

 

New Releases

Expression Analysis has concluded an upgrade of its laboratory systems to support new Affymetrix products, the company said last week. According to EA, the upgrade includes the addition of Affymetrix 7G and MegAllele scanners, which in turn enable the array service provider to run Affy's Exon Arrays, 500K Mapping Array Set and the MegAllele DME-T assay developed by ParAllele Biosciences.


GeneLogic this week released its Ascenta System 2.0, an update of its web-based product for gene and biomarker discovery and validation, the company said. The new version offers new gene-expression information and progressive tools to help identify genes and biological pathways with distinctive expression characteristics and disease-related expression patterns, GeneLogic said.


Qiagen launched a series of products this week:

The RNeasy Plus Mini Kit, which "ensures complete removal of genomic DNA," the company said in a statement.

The AllPrep DNA/RNA Mini Kit, a kit for purifying DNA and RNA from the same sample.

The QuantiTect Multiplex RT-PCR — one-step kits for "accurate and easy quantification [as many as] four RNA targets" per tube.

The HotStarTaq Plus DNA Polymerase, which features "five-minute enzyme activation time" and a ready-to-load buffer that has an additive and a proofreading enzyme for "ten-fold higher fidelity" than plain taq polymerase.

The Repli-g Mini Kit, which is a whole-genome amplification product that yields "10 micrograms of DNA in a 50 microliter reaction."

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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.