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Epigenomics announced this week that Oliver Schacht, its current chief financial officer, has decided to leave the company after working there for nearly 13 years.

"We are very pleased that we already have found and signed-up a new chief financial officer, who will join the management team by April 1, 2011," Epigenomics said in a statement. However, due to the new hire's current obligations, Epigenomics will disclose the CFO's name in the first weeks of January 2011.

Schacht and the new CFO will work together during the first quarter to "ensure a smooth transition," Epigenomics said.


J&J has put out a call for nominations for its 2011 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. The $100,000 award recognizes scientists in academic and industrial research in the field of biomedical engineering, "whose efforts have made transformational contributions towards the improvement of human health."

Nomination forms are available here and will be accepted until February 15, 2011. The winner will be announced in the second half of next year.

Nominees will be evaluated by an independent selection committee of researchers from around the world. Past winners of the award include Anthony Fauci, Erik De Clercq, Craig Mello, Axel Ullrich, Marc Feldmann, and Ravinder Maini.

The Scan

J&J Booster Support

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted to support a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

To Keep the Cases Moving

The president of the UK Royal College of Pathologists tells the Financial Times that more investment is needed to tackle a backlog of cases.

NAS Expels Archaeologist

Science reports Luis Jaime Castillo Butters' expulsion is the first of an international member from the US National Academy of Sciences.

PLOS Papers on Angelman Syndrome-Like Cases, Salmonella Paratyphi A, SARS-CoV-2 in Brazil

In PLOS this week: exome sequencing analysis of Angelman syndrome-like cases, genetic epidemiology of Salmonella Paratyphi A, and more.