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Movers & Shakers: Sep 2, 2011

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Duncan Hall has joined Thermo Fisher Scientific as European regional marketing manager for the company's microbiology division.

Hall previously served as commercial director and sales and marketing director at Roslin, UK-based Arrayjet for six years. Before that, he was a product specialist at Agilent Technologies and an account manager at Genomic Solutions.


SpringFire Laboratory Network has hired Gregory Stelzer to be scientific director.

Stelzer most recently was senior VP of advanced development at Nodality, and he was chief science officer at Exagen Diagnostics, Esoterix (a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America), and Cytometry Associates.


Ramesh Ramanathan has been named chairman of the executive board of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Team, an international network of clinical trial sites organized by the Translational Genomics Research Institute.

Ramanathan is deputy director of TGen's Clinical Translational Research division and he is medical director of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.