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People in the News: Feb 17, 2009

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Richard Rava has joined Artemis Health as senior vice president of research and development, a new position at the firm. Rava comes to Artemis from Affymetrix, where he was a scientific co-founder and most recently senior vice president of research and development.


Joseph Blanchard will take over as chief operating officer at Aushon Biosystems. Blanchard previously was senior vice president of business development and strategy at Decision Biomarkers, and he has spent over 20 years in the life sciences field, Aushon said last week.


Agendia has tapped Alan Carter to serve as its new vice president of global business development. Carter formerly served as an executive at BioTrove, Celera, Applied Biosystems, and PerkinElmer. At Agendia, Carter will handle strategic business opportunities for the company's molecular diagnostics portfolio.


RainDance Technologies has named Patrick Kelly to the newly created position of European sales director. Kelly, based in Manchester, UK, joins the firm from Helicos Biosciences where he was global business manager for the company's European operations. He has also held European sales positions for Agilent Technologies, Affymetrix, and Applied Biosystems.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.