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Akoya Biosciences: Scott Mendel

Akoya Biosciences has appointed Scott Mendel to its board of directors. Mendel is currently CEO of GenMark Diagnostics, which was acquired by Roche in April for $1.8 billion. He joined GenMark as CFO in 2014 and was promoted to CEO in 2020. Prior to GenMark, Mendel held senior-level leadership positions with The Active Network and GE Healthcare. He holds a BS in finance from Indiana University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

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.