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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

UK Pilot Study Suggests Digital Pathway May Expand BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer

A randomized pilot study in the Journal of Medical Genetics points to similar outcomes for breast cancer patients receiving germline BRCA testing through fully digital or partially digital testing pathways.

Survey Sees Genetic Literacy on the Rise, Though Further Education Needed

Survey participants appear to have higher genetic familiarity, knowledge, and skills compared to 2013, though 'room for improvement' remains, an AJHG paper finds.

Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

Researchers compare mismatch repair, microsatellite instability, and tumor mutation burden patterns in synchronous multiple- or single primary colorectal cancers.

FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.