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ForteBio, Martin Wells, Chris Brannen, Jason Attanucci, Peter Kraus


New Products

ForteBio announced this week the introduction of its first product — the Octet System for label-free, real-time detection and analysis of molecular interactions.

The Octet System is based on a proprietary technique called BioLayer Interferometry. It incorporates a sensitive optical detector and a series of application-specific biosensor consumables. According to ForteBio, the biosensors provide a way to make critical measurements even in crude samples, at early stages in antibody development.


Movers & Shakers

Nonlinear Dynamics has appointed Martin Wells as international sales manager, Chris Brannen as Western regional sales manager, and Jason Attanucci as Eastern regional sales manager of the company's US subsidiary, Nonlinear USA Inc. Nonlinear has also named Peter Kraus as a field applications scientist.

Wells joins Nonlinear from Helena BioSciences, where he worked for 13 years in a variety of senior sales and marketing positions. Brannen joins Nonlinear after three years with Bio-Rad Laboratories, where he served as sales account manager. Attanucci was previously national sales manager for ChemImage, an imaging technology firm. Kraus joins the company from postdoctoral research positions with both Yale University and Duke University Medical Center after obtaining a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Connecticut in 2001.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people 65 and older or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.