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Hans Johansson, Karen Wilson, Robert Weil, Lars Holmkvist


Sidec Technologies, a protein-interaction research company, announced the recruitment of Hans Johansson as president and CEO this week.

Before joining Sidec, Johansson was president of the Biosystems division of Biotage AB. Prior to that, Johansson was CEO of Personal Chemistry.

Karen Wilson of Grosse Ile, Mich., whose parents both died of brain tumors, donated $2 million to benefit the Cleveland Clinic Brain Tumor Institute, the Plain Dealer reported on Tuesday. The money will support the research of Robert Weil, the associate director of laboratory research at the institute. Weil’s work focuses on proteomics and the development of protein biomarkers as diagnostic and prognostic tools.

Applied Biosystems announced on Monday that it has appointed Lars Holmkvist as president of Applied Biosystems’ European Region. Holmkvist will manage approximately 1,000 employees and direct the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Before joining ABI, Holmkvist served as vice president of vascular and cardiac surgery in Western Europe for Medtronic. Prior to that, he was vice president of vascular surgery for Boston Scientific, where he developed business strategies, product management, sales and service, marketing strategy, and business strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Holmkvist has also held executive positions with Pharmacia Hospital Care, and he served as the director of marketing for Becton Dickinson early in his career.

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.