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CrystalGenomics announced the appointment of Eric Nelson as its VP of business development. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, CrystalGenomics operates a biopharmaceutical subsidiary in Emeryville, Calif., called CG Pharmaceuticals.

Previously, Nelson was the global head of business development at the Indian pharmaceutical firm Advinus Therapeutics. Before Advinus, Nelson was assistant VP of business development at Wyeth.


The Dr. Paul Janssen Award is accepting nominations until Feb. 15. The award, established by Johnson & Johnson and named after the Janssen Pharmaceutical founder, recognizes annually a scientist's contributions to public health through exemplary basic or clinical research advances with a $100,000 prize.

The award winner will be announced in the summer of 2010, according to a J&J statement.

Past winners of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award, include Axel Ullrich last year, and Marc Feldmann and Ravinder Maini in 2008.

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.