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Amol Chaubal

Quanterix said this week that it has appointed Amol Chaubal as CFO, effective April 12, 2019. He replaces Joseph Driscoll, who is stepping down as CFO. Chaubal joins Quanterix from medical device firm Smith & Nephew, where he currently serves as CFO of global operations. Prior to Smith & Nephew, he served as corporate VP and head of finance for Parexel's CRS business, and has also held various roles at Novartis, including CFO North America – Vaccines & Diagnostics.

The Scan

Possibly as Transmissible

Officials in the UK say the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be as transmitted as easily as the B.1.1.7 variant that was identified in the UK, New Scientist reports.

Gene Therapy for SCID 'Encouraging'

The Associated Press reports that a gene therapy appears to be effective in treating severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

To Watch the Variants

Scientists told US lawmakers that SARS-CoV-2 variants need to be better monitored, the New York Times reports.

Nature Papers Present Nautilus Genome, Tool to Analyze Single-Cell Data, More

In Nature this week: nautilus genome gives peek into its evolution, computational tool to analyze single-cell ATAC-seq data, and more.