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PreludeDx: Derek Maetzold

PreludeDx has appointed Derek Maetzold to its board of directors. Maetzold founded Castle Biosciences, serving as president, CEO, and a board member since its inception in 2007. He co-invented several Castle technologies and has contributed to the development and commercialization of five diagnostic and prognostic cancer tests.

Prior to Castle, Maetzold spent 24 years in pharma, holding leadership roles at Encysive Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer), Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck), Integrated Communications (now FCB Health), Amylin Pharmaceuticals (now owned by AstraZeneca), and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (now a division of Novartis).

The Scan

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Researchers in Nature Ecology & Evolution find gene regulatory network differences between soldiers and foragers, suggesting bees can take on either role.

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The study in Alzheimer's & Dementia highlighted known genes, but also novel ones with biological ties to Alzheimer's disease.

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In papers appearing in Nature Communications and elsewhere, the team reports on findings from the two-year excursion examining coral reefs.