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Movers & Shakers: Sep 23, 2011


Quanterix this week appointed Martin Madaus as CEO. Madaus had been serving as the company's acting CEO and chairman of the board of directors, a position that he will retain.

Previously Madaus was president, chairman, and CEO of Millipore, which was acquired by Merck KGaA last year. Before that we was president, CEO, and head of North American operations for Roche Diagnostics.

Leroy Hood received this week the Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences from BioMed SA, a non-profit corporation focused on promoting San Antonio's biotechnology sector.

Hood is the president and co-founder of the Institute of Systems Biology, as well as a founder of more than a dozen biotechnology firms including Applied Biosystems, Amgen, and Integrated Diagnostics.

Brian Paegel received this week a National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award, which will provide him with $1.5 million in funding over five years.

Paegel is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute. He plans to use the award to develop new tools for protein sequencing.

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.