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Bruker has appointed Thomas Bachmann to be president of its Bruker BioSpin Group. He will be responsible for two divisions: the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy division, which includes NMR, electron paramagnetic resonance, and compact magnetic resonance, and the Preclinical Imaging division, which includes MRI, magnetic particle imaging, X-ray micro-CT, and optical and PET/SPECT/CT molecular imaging.

Bachmann was CEO of Tecan for seven years, and for two years before that he was CEO of the Arbonia-Forster Group’s Steel Systems business.


Provista Diagnostics said this week that Joseph Eggler has joined the company as chief commercial officer. In the job, he will execute and manage the company’s sales efforts, as well as commercial aspects of the business.

Eggler previously was at Prometheus Laboratories, where he spent 12 years, and he has over two decades of experience in planning, sales and marketing development, and in identifying and creating key relationships, Provista said.


Peter Hirth has joined KineMed's board of directors. Hirth was previously CEO of Plexxikon. Before that he was president of Sugen and vice president of research at Boehringer Mannheim.


Applied Proteomics has appointed Genting Berhad Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay to its board of directors upon completion of a Series C funding round led by Genting Berhad (see story this issue).

The Scan

Should've Been Spotted Sooner

Scientists tell the Guardian that SARS-CoV-2 testing issues at a UK lab should have been noticed earlier.

For Martian Fuel

Researchers have outlined a plan to produce rocket fuel on Mars that uses a combination of sunlight, carbon dioxide, frozen water, cyanobacteria, and engineered E. coli, according to Gizmodo.

To Boost Rapid Testing

The Washington Post writes that new US programs aim to boost the availability of rapid at-home SARS-CoV-2 tests.

PNAS Papers on Strawberry Evolution, Cell Cycle Regulators, False-Positive Triplex Gene Editing

In PNAS this week: strawberry pan-genome, cell cycle-related roles for MDM2 and MDMX, and more.