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Pittcon 2006, Renato Paro, David Harvey, Michael Hogan, David Julien, Jai Nagarkatti, Franklin Wicks, Mansoor Mohammed


New Products

The following companies released new products with proteomics applications at Pittcon 2006: Agilent Technologies, Bruker Daltonics, Cerno Bioscience, Dionex, Shimadzu, Varian, Waters, and Wyatt Technology. Applied Biosystems and Thermo Electron showcased recently released products.

For a list of the new products and brief descriptions, see table.


Movers & Shakers

Renato Paro was named professor for biosystems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and will be a founding director of the Center of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH said last week.

The C-BSSE will have 15 professorships in different disciplines of life sciences, engineering, and informatics and will integrate research activities of ETH Zurich, the University of Basel and the University of Zurich, according to the statement.

Paro is a director of the Center for Molecular Biology at Heidelberg University in Germany.

Sigma-Aldrich announced cash bonuses for 2005 on Monday: David Harvey, chairman, receives $584,000; Michael Hogan, chief financial officer, receives $260,000; David Julien, president of research specialties, receives $188,000; Jai Nagarkatti, president and CEO, receives $341,000; and Franklin Wicks, president, SAFC, receives $194,000.

Mansoor Mohammed joined CombiMatrix as chief scientific officer and director, the company said this week.

Mohammed studied clinical cytogenetics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Baylor College of Medicine, where he directed research and development of Spectral Genomics. He comes to Combimatrix from Quest Diagnostics, where he was director of advanced technologies. He serves as ambassador of sciences to the Toronto Genome Center.

The Scan

Push Toward Approval

The Wall Street Journal reports the US Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to grant full approval to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Deer Exposure

About 40 percent of deer in a handful of US states carry antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Millions But Not Enough

NPR reports the US is set to send 110 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad, but that billions are needed.

PNAS Papers on CRISPR-Edited Cancer Models, Multiple Sclerosis Neuroinflammation, Parasitic Wasps

In PNAS this week: gene-editing approach for developing cancer models, role of extracellular proteins in multiple sclerosis, and more.