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People in the News: Norrie Russell; Eric Fung; and More


Sialix this week appointed Norrie Russell president and CEO – a newly established full-time position at the company.

Previously Russell was president of Gene Logic, the US operating division of Ocimum Biosolutions. Before that he was president and chief operating officer of NovaRx and chief scientific officer at Invitrogen, now Life Technologies.

Biognosys announced this week that it has added Ignacio Martinez, Hellmut Kirchner, and Harry Welton to its board of directors.

Martinez is a principal at Syngenta Ventures, a participant in the CHF2.7 million ($3 million) funding round the company announced this week (see story this issue). Kirchner is co-founder of the venture fund TVM, also a participant in the funding round. Welton has served as chief financial officer of several biotech firms including Arpida.

Vermillion this week entered into a consulting agreement with Eric Fung under which Fung will continue to serve as the company's chief medical officer and member of its scientific advisory board but will be paid on an hourly basis.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.