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People in the News: Gustavo Salem, Michael Liang, Charles Wagner

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SISCAPA Assay Technologies has appoint Gustavo Salem president and CEO.

Salem was previously an SAT board member. Prior to that he was VP and general manager of the Biological Systems Division at Agilent as well as president and CEO of Assay Designs.


Baird Capital partner Michael Liang has joined Integrated Diagnostics' board of directors as part of the company's recent $30 million Series B funding round.


Good Start Genetics has appointed Charles Wagner to its board of directors. Wagner is currently CFO and executive vice president of finance and administration of Bruker Corporation.

The Scan

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.

Effectiveness May Decline, Data From Israel Suggests

The New York Times reports that new Israeli data suggests a decline in Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness against Delta variant infection, though protection against severe disease remains high.

To See Future Risk

Slate looks into the use of polygenic risk scores in embryo screening.

PLOS Papers on Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus, Bone Marrow Smear Sequencing, More

In PLOS this week: genomic analysis of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, archived bone marrow sequencing, and more.