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People in the News: Michael Hunkapiller, Susan Barnes, Jack Schuler, Mark Golden

Pacific Biosciences: Michael Hunkapiller, Susan Barnes

Pacific Biosciences announced that CEO and President Michael Hunkapiller will retire by the end of the year. He plans to remain on the company's board. Hunkapiller served eight years as CEO and oversaw the launch of the Sequel and Sequel II instruments.

Susan Barnes, the firm's CFO and executive VP, will also retire in August after more than a decade with the company.

PacBio said it has already begun searching for their replacements.


Quidel: Jack Schuler

Jack Schuler has retired from Quidel's board, effective June 10, the firm said. Schuler, 79, has been on Quidel's board since February 2006. He was the former president and chief operating officer of Abbott Laboratories.


AACC: Mark Golden

Mark Golden has been appointed the CEO of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, effective Aug. 17. Prior to joining AACC, he was executive director and CEO of the National Society of Professional Engineers for seven years. AACC had previously said that its current CEO Janet Kreizman would retire from the organization.


For additional recent items on executive appointments and promotions in the omics and molecular diagnostics industries, please see the People in the News page on our website.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.