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Movers & Shakers: Jan 14, 2011

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Caris Life Sciences announced this week that Amy Jensen Cunniffe has joined the company in the newly created position of senior vice president for government affairs. In this role, Cunniffe will be tasked with establishing Caris's Washington DC office where she will lead its public policy and government relations efforts, the company said.

Previously, Cunniffe was leader of GE Healthcare's government relations team. Prior to that she was a director at lobbying firm Quinn Gillespie and Associates and a special assistant to the president for legislative affairs during the term of President George W. Bush.


Nonlinear Dynamics announced this week it has added Leonhard Pollack and Mark Pittman to its international sales team. Pollack, who is based in Germany, will be covering the German, Austrian, and Finnish markets; while Pittman, based on the West Coast of the US, will be working with the company's US sales team.

Pollack was previously a senior mass spec sales specialist at Waters. Pittman joins the company from informatics firm Proteome Software.

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.