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Thomas Mino, Joseph Vallner, Robert Corn

Lumera announced this week Thomas Mino has resigned as CEO, president, and a board member of the company. Mino left as a result of differences he had with the company’s board about the direction of Lumera, a company spokeswoman said. Mino, who had been CEO and president of the company since 2001, will serve as a consultant to the firm.
Joseph Vallner will serve as interim president and CEO of Lumera, which has formed a search committee to find a permanent replacement for Mino. Vallner, a director of Lumera, was recently named CEO of Plexera, spun out by Lumera as a subsidiary to concentrate on developing Lumera’s former proteomics operations [See PM 07/26/07].

GWC Technologies’ co-founder, director, and scientific advisor, Robert Corn, will receive the American Chemical Society’s Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis on Aug. 20 during the 234th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. Corn is a senior faculty member in the chemistry department at the University of California, Irvine.

The Scan

mRNA-Based Vaccine on the Way in China

China may soon have its own mRNA-based vaccine, according to Nature News.

Arranged Killing, Fraud Alleged by Prosecutors

The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors allege that the co-founder of a biotech arranged to have a business associate who threatened to expose him as a fraud killed.

Whirlwind Decade of CRISPR

The New York Times looks back at the 10 years since the University of California, Berkeley's Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues published their CRISPR paper.

PNAS Papers on Blue Cone Monochromacy Structural Variants, HIV-1 Mutant, T-ALL

In PNAS this week: structural variants linked to blue cone monochromacy, HIV-1 variants affecting the matrix protein p17, and more.