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People in the News: Trilochan Sahoo, Allan Provonost, Peter Lea


Trilochan Sahoo is CombiMatrix's new director of cytogenetics. Sahoo joins the Irvine, Calif.-based molecular testing services firm from Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, where he was senior director of cytogenetics. He also served as laboratory director at Signature Genomics. His expertise is in the "development, evaluation and implementation of microarray-based technologies, especially as used as an important diagnostic tool in clinical cytogenetics and genomics," the company said in a statement.

SQI Diagnostics has appointed Allan Pronovost to its board of directors. He will also act as strategic advisor to Toronto-based SQI, assisting the company in its efforts to secure strategic partnerships and additional capital, SQI said.

Pronovost is currently the president and chief scientific officer of Red Lion Chem Tech, a San Diego-based consortium of health related companies. He is also CEO of Stone Investments, an investment holding company. Provonost held other top-level management positions at Quest Diagnostics, BioAlliances Group, and Quidel.

He replaces Peter Lea who has resigned from SQI's board. Lea, who founded SQI 15 years ago and invented its multiplex array technology, will continue as an active, non-voting senior advisor to the board, SQI said.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.