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People in the News: Joseph Beechem, Stephen Rusckowski, Surya Mohapatra, Daniel Stanzione


NanoString Technologies has appointed Joseph Beechem as senior vice president of research and development.

Beechem joins the company from Life Technologies, where he was most recently vice president; head of advanced sequencing; and head of global sequencing chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics. Prior to that, he was chief technology officer of Life Technologies, chief scientific officer at Invitrogen (now part of Life Tech), and director of biosciences at Molecular Probes. Prior to joining industry, Beechem was an associate professor at Vanderbilt University for 11 years.

Quest Diagnostics
has named Stephen Rusckowski as president and CEO, succeeding Surya Mohapatra. He will also become a member of the board of directors.

Rusckowski is currently CEO of Philips Healthcare. Before that he held a variety of management positions in the healthcare division of Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies.

Quest also announced that Daniel Stanzione will become non-executive chairman of the board.

The Scan

Myotonic Dystrophy Repeat Detected in Family Genome Sequencing Analysis

While sequencing individuals from a multi-generation family, researchers identified a myotonic dystrophy type 2-related short tandem repeat in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

TB Resistance Insights Gleaned From Genome Sequence, Antimicrobial Response Assays

Researchers in PLOS Biology explore M. tuberculosis resistance with a combination of sequencing and assays looking at the minimum inhibitory concentrations of 13 drugs.

Mendelian Disease Genes Prioritized Using Tissue-Specific Expression Clues

Mendelian gene candidates could be flagged for further functional analyses based on tissue-specific transcriptome and proteome profiles, a new Journal of Human Genetics paper says.

Single-Cell Sequencing Points to Embryo Mosaicism

Mosaicism may affect preimplantation genetic tests for aneuploidy, a single-cell sequencing-based analysis of almost three dozen embryos in PLOS Genetics finds.