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Movers & Shakers: Jul 23, 2010

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Didier Hirsch was appointed this week as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Agilent Technologies. He had been serving as acting CFO since April 1.

Prior to joining Agilent in 1999, Hirsch was director of finance and administration for Hewlett-Packard Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has a master's degree in computer science from Toulouse University and a master's degree in industrial administration from Purdue University.


PharmaNet Development Group announced this week that Riaz Bandali has joined the company as president of early stage development. He will be based at the company's Montreal facility.

Previously, Bandali was senior vice-president of strategy and business development at AB Sciex and Molecular Devices.

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.