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People in the News: Feb 16, 2010 (rev. 1)


Yuh-Geng Tsay, president of the specialty diagnostics group at Thermo Fisher Scientific since 2006, will retire in May, a company spokesperson told PCR Insider this week. A replacement has not yet been announced.

Prior to the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific in 2006, Tsay was group president of immunodiagnostics for Apogent Technologies, part of Fisher Scientific. He was also founder and president of Diagnostic Reagents, which Apogent acquired in 1998. Prior to Diagnostic Reagents, Tsay founded Yellowstone Diagnostics, which became part of Adeza Biomedical in 1988. Tsay received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Rochester.

PrognosDx Health has appointed Daniel Hunt to serve as acting senior VP of corporate development.

Hunt formerly was general counsel of licensing, contracts management, and patent law at Genentech, and was director of legal affairs at Abgenix. He also has been chief corporate counsel at Roche Molecular Systems, where he was responsible for business development, transactional support, and managing Roche's PCR licensing program.

Agilent Technologies has appointed Robert Schueren as vice president and general manager of genomics.

Schueren formerly was global head of companion diagnostics, clinical biomarkers, and sample operations at Genentech/Roche.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.