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Takeshi Kawami, Paul Meister, Benjamin Reed, David Bell, David Fitzpatrick, Beatrice Perotti, Farnaz Khadem, Essam Sheta

Shimadzu Corp., this week named Takeshi Kawami president of its American subsidary, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. Kawami, who has been with Shimadzu Corp., for 24 years, replaces Osamu Ando who had been SSI’s president for seven years. Ando is returning to Japan “for another assignment with Shimadzu,” a spokesman said. He did not provide further details.
Kawami, 50, will oversee sales and management functions at SSI, the company said in a statement. At Shimadzu Corp., he held several positions including sales manager, president of a Shimadzu sales subsidiary, and vice president of two merged sales subsidiaries.

Paul Meister said last week that he will not stand for reelection as chairman of the board of Thermo Fisher Scientific at the firm’s annual meeting on May 15. In anticipation of his retirement, Meister has already relinquished his position as chairman. The firm did not say whether any of the other directors have assumed his duties.
Thermo Fisher said it expects to identify a new director prior to its upcoming meeting.

Oxford Genome Sciences this week announced two personnel additions to its UK drug development and biomarker discovery operations, and two additions to its US preclinical group providing support to Oxford’s product portfolio development efforts.
In the UK, Benjamin Reed was named business development director of Oxford’s biomarker services division. He had previously been at Ciphergen Biosystems for six years. Also, David Bell was named head of mass spectrometry operations. He comes from GlaxoSmithKline where he worked for 18 years developing and applying MS methods for drug discovery and development processes.
In the US, David Fitzpatrick will lead the preclinical development team. He previously had been at Immunex and Amgen. Beatrice Perotti will be in charge of Oxford’s US business operations and lead the preclinical development program. Her past stints include Pfizer Central Research and Amgen.

Invitrogen appointed this week Farnaz Khadem director of corporate communications. She replaces Julie Ames who left the company to pursue other opportunities. Khadem has more than 15 years experience in strategic communications and public relations, Invitrogen said in a statement. Most recently, she was assistant director of media relations at the University of California, Irvine.

Power3 named Essam Sheta laboratory director for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments approval this week. Sheta is also the company’s director of biochemistry.

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.