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People in the News: Ken Bahk, Tim Patno, Chad Mirkin, Warren Kocmond

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Nanosphere said this week that it has appointed Ken Bahk as chief strategy officer, a new position, and that CTO Tim Patno and board member Chad Mirkin will be leaving the company.

Bahk was part of Nanosphere's initial team, and served with the company until 2008. In the new post, he will be responsible for driving strategic plans and revenues in molecular diagnostics.

He currently is a director of investments at Lurie Investments, where he focuses on the diagnostics and life sciences areas. He also formerly was chair of strategic opportunities for the Association for Molecular Pathology.


Cepheid disclosed during its first-quarter earnings call last week that Warren Kocmond will join the company on May 6 as executive vice president of global operations.

Kocmond is currently vice president of global operations for Lam Research, and has previously served as executive vice president of memory products at Verigy; CEO of Electroglas; and senior vice president of global operations at Affymetrix.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.