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People in the News: Jon Faiz Kayyem, Guillaume Bouhours, Frank Williams, More

Jon Faiz Kayyem

GenMark Diagnostics' Founder Jon Faiz Kayyem is transitioning from his position as head of R&D to become a technical and strategic advisor to its management team and board of directors. Kayyem is the inventor of the firm's eSensor electronic detection technology and led the development of its ePlex multiplex platform. Kayyem noted during a company presentation Tuesday that he will now "endeavor to add value in new ways beyond ePlex."


Guillaume Bouhours

BioMérieux has appointed Guillaume Bouhours as corporate vice-president, CFO, and a member of its executive committee. He replaces Claire Giraut, who is retiring, and will head the firm's finance, purchasing, and information systems departments. Bouhours was previously CFO at Faiveley Transport, a railway equipment manufacturer based in France.


Frank Williams

Frank Williams, cofounder and CEO of value-based care management company Evolent Health, has been named to the board of directors of precision oncology technology of vendor Syapse. Syapse said that Williams, a former CEO of the Advisory Board Company, will be able to offer strategic advice as the company expands its reach. Since late November, Syapse has raised $30 million in new investment, hired a new VP of oncology, entered into a partnership with Roche, and entered the Asian market.


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The Scan

Could Mix It Up

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering a plan that would allow for the mixing-and-matching of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines and boosters, the New York Times says.

Closest to the Dog

New Scientist reports that extinct Japanese wolf appears to be the closest known wild relative of dogs.

Offer to Come Back

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the University of Tennessee is offering Anming Hu, a professor who was acquitted of charges that he hid ties to China, his position back.

PNAS Papers on Myeloid Differentiation MicroRNAs, Urinary Exosomes, Maize Domestication

In PNAS this week: role of microRNAs in myeloid differentiation, exosomes in urine, and more.