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Becton Dickinson: Elizabeth McCombs

Becton Dickinson has appointed Elizabeth McCombs to the position of executive vice president and chief technology officer, effective April 26. McCombs, who succeeds John DeFord, will lead all research and development activities at BD, including executing the current pipeline and developing the firm's future product portfolio. She joined BD in 2019 as the senior VP of R&D for the BD medical segment. Previously, she held several leadership positions at Johnson & Johnson.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.