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Bernd Thiede, Thomas Higgins, Christopher Yoo, Judith Swain

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Bernd Thiede will join the Biotechnology Center of Oslo in Norway to lead a research group in proteomics. Prior to joining the Oslo center, Thiede worked at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin.

The Biotechnology Center of Oslo aims to build seven to eight new research groups over five to six years.


Caliper Life Sciences has named Thomas Higgins as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, the Hopkinton, Mass.-based company said last week. The appointment will become effective in early January 2005.

Higgins currently serves as executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer for VI Technologies. Prior to this, he held various positions at Cabot Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Higgins holds a BBA from Boston University.


Christopher Yoo will become director of marketing of the molecular biology division of Applied Biosystems starting in January, ProteoMonitor’s sister publication, GenomeWeb News has learned. He joins ABI from IBM’s Information Based Medicine unit, where he was head of strategy. Yoo holds a PhD in molecular and cell biology from Yale University School of Medicine and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Judith Swain, chairman of the department of medicine at Stanford University, has been named the first director of the College of Integrated Life Sciences at the University of California at San Diego, the school announced recently. She will head a new multidisciplinary program that is based within the university’s health sciences department and is designed to facilitate translational research, and the training of physicians, pharmacists, and medical researchers.

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge is weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.