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People in the News: Kumud Kalia, James McNally, Jay Flatley, More

Guardant Health: Kumud Kalia

Guardant Health has appointed Kumud Kalia as its new chief information officer. In the role, he will lead the company's enterprise applications, information technology, and security teams. Kalia was most recently chief information and technology officer at Cylance, and previously served the same role at Akamai Technologies. He received Computerworld's "best in class" recognition among its 100 premier information technology leaders and has led teams that have won CIO100, CTO25, and other industry awards. He holds an honors degree in electronic engineering from Bangor University, is a chartered engineer, and is a fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society.


GenMark Diagnostics: James McNally

GenMark Diagnostics said that on Jan. 9, it notified James McNally, its senior vice president of marketing and business development, that his employment with the firm would cease on Jan. 10.

In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, GenMark also said that on Jan. 14, it entered into a separation agreement and general release with McNally. In accordance with the agreement, McNally is entitled to benefits, including a gross lump sum payment equal to six months of his base salary in effect as of the separation date; an amount equal to McNally’s target bonus percentage under the firm's 2019 bonus plan multiplied by a percentage tied to the achievement of the company-level performance targets under the plan; and an aggregate of 35,702 restricted stock units held by McNally as of the separation date.


Zymergen: Jay Flatley

Jay Flatley has joined the board of directors of Zymergen, serving as lead independent director. He is the chairman of the board of Illumina. From 1999 until 2016, Flatley was the CEO of Illumina, and until the end of 2019, he was the company's executive chairman.


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The Scan

Call for a Different Tack

Experts weigh the value of recent experiments testing genetically modified pig kidneys using brain-dead individuals, according to Nature News.

Wastewater Warning

The New York Times reports that wastewater surveillance in some parts of the US point to a possible surge.

Can't Get in the Program

Due to the Northern Ireland protocol dispute, the European Union is preventing UK researchers from joining the Horizon Europe research program, the Times of London reports.

Science Paper on Spatial-Controlled Genome Editing

In Science this week: approach to enable a CRISPR-Cas13a-based system to be used as a cancer therapy.