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People in the News: Farrell to Lead Cepheid's International Operations; DNAe Names McCooke as CBO


Cepheid said this week that it has appointed Peter Farrell as executive vice president of international commercial operations.

He replaces Philippe Jacon, whom the company had named head of worldwide commercial operations in January. Jacon is transitioning to the role of president of Cepheid's High-Burden Developing Country business, replacing Paul Steuperaert, who is now focusing on the company's business in sub-Saharan Africa ahead of his 2015 retirement.

Farrell most recently served as divisional vice president and general manager at Abbott Laboratories. Prior to this, he held a number of sales and marketing positions in Abbott's Diagnostics division.

DNA Electronics this week announced the appointment of Nick McCooke as chief business officer.

McCooke has previously served as CEO of Solexa, which was acquired by Illumina in 2007. There, he led the development of Solexa's next-generation sequencing technology, which is the basis of Illumina's current product line, DNAe said.

The Scan

Just Breathing

A new analysis suggests that most Mycobacterium tuberculosis is spread by aerosols from breathing, rather than by coughing, the New York Times reports.

Just Like This One

NPR reports that the World Health Organization has hired a South African biotech company to recreate mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 that is similar to the one developed by Moderna.

Slow Start

The Wall Street Journal reports that Biogen's Alzheimer's disease treatment had revenues for July through September that totaled $300,000.

Genome Research Papers on Cancer Chromatin, Splicing in the Thymus, Circular RNAs in Cancer

In Genome Research this week: analysis of bivalent chromatin sites, RBFOX splicing factors' role in thymic epithelial cells, and more.