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Movers & Shakers: Mar 5, 2010

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Adrian Dillon is stepping down as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Agilent Techologies, effective April 1, the company said this week. He will be replaced by Didier Hirsch.

Dillon is joining internet phone company Skype as CFO and administration officer.
He joined Agilent in December 2001 and has been responsible for managing the company's finance functions, strategic planning, and corporate development, as well as sharing in administrative services, including information technology and global sourcing.

Hirsch is presently vice president, corporate controllership and tax at Agilent and has been with the company since its founding in 1999. Prior to joining Agilent, he was CFO of Hewlett-Packard Europe, Middle East, and Africa.


Vermillion said this week that Carl Severinghaus has been appointed to its board.

Severinghaus is currently with Tecan, where he has held a number of different management positions, including president of Tecan Americas since last year. He is responsible for sales and operations for the Americas sales region.


Patrik Bjöörn has joined Denator as an application specialist, the Swedish sample prep firm said this week.

He will be responsible for technical support. Bjöörn joins Denator from Biolin Scientific where he was a senior sales and application specialist. Before that he was at Q-Sense as a sales director and president of the company's US branch.

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

CNN reports that the US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has voted in favor of authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.

Sharing How to Make It

Merck had granted a royalty-free license for its COVID-19 treatment to the Medicines Patent Pool, according to the New York Times.

Bring it Back In

Bloomberg reports that a genetic analysis has tied a cluster of melioidosis cases in the US to a now-recalled aromatherapy spray.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.