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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

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.