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Steve Martin, Peter Juhasz, Hans Baum, Peter Wilver, Theo Melas-Kyriazi, Leroy Hood, Martin Vingron, Gene Myers


Steve Martin, director of Applied Biosystems’ Proteomics Research Center in Framington, Mass., has left the company, ABI spokeswoman Amy Speak confirmed last week. Martin left last month and will be replaced by Peter Juhasz, Speak said. She did not say why Martin left, or where he is headed.

Hans Baum has become vice president of European operations of Bruker Daltonics. Baum has held various positions at Bruker Daltonik in Germany since 1987. Prior to joining the company, Baum served in the German Armed Forces as a nuclear, biological, and chemical defense officer.

Peter Wilver will become chief financial officer at Thermo Electron as of Oct. 1. He is currently vice president of financial operations. Wilver will replace current CFO Theo Melas-Kyriazi. Prior to joining Thermo, Wilver held various finance positions at Honeywell International. Prior to that, he worked at Grimes Aerospace and General Electric.

Leroy Hood will receive the 6th annual Biotechnology Heritage Award, the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Organization said in April. The presentation will be made next Monday at BIO 2004 in San Francisco. CHF and BIO are honoring Hood for his role in developing automated sequencing technology. Hood is the president and co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from California Technical Institue and an MD from Johns Hopkins University.

Martin Vingron and Gene Myers have received this year’s Max Planck Research Prize. The award ceremony will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, on June 24.

The Scan

Booster for At-Risk

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for people over 65 or at increased risk.

Preprints OK to Mention Again

Nature News reports the Australian Research Council has changed its new policy and now allows preprints to be cited in grant applications.

Hundreds of Millions More to Share

The US plans to purchase and donate 500 million additional SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses, according to the Washington Post.

Nature Papers Examine Molecular Program Differences Influencing Neural Cells, Population History of Polynesia

In Nature this week: changes in molecular program during embryonic development leads to different neural cell types, and more.