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People in the News: Feb 4, 2009 (rev. 1)

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Stephane Perrey will serve as president of Qiagen KK, Qiagen's Tokyo subsidiary. He is taking over for Kazuo Tokushige, who retired on Dec. 31. Perrey formerly worked at Third Wave/Hologic Japan and he held various positions in Japan's in vitro diagnostic industry.


Allen Bombard has accepted the job of chief medical officer at Sequenom. In the role, Bombard will oversee the company's clinical and medical affairs.

Formerly, Bombard was CEO at Lenetix, CMO at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital in San Diego, and he was senior VP and director of the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He also has served as a medical director for women's health at Aetna, and he was director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.


ParagonDx announced Jorge Leon has joined its scientific advisory board. Leon was one of the founders of Quest's molecular diagnostics and applied genomics business. He held several positions at Quest, including director of molecular diagnostics and VP of applied genomics.

In 2003, Leon founded Leomics Associates, a consulting firm specializing in helping start-ups, academic centers, and established companies build and commercialize innovative business strategies, product pipelines and test menus.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.