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Becton Dickinson: John DeFord, Patrick Kaltenbach, Dave Hickey

Becton Dickinson announced the retirement of Chief Technology Officer John DeFord, who joined BD with the acquisition of CR Bard in 2017. DeFord will be succeeded by Patrick Kaltenbach, who will serve as CTO and executive vice president. Kaltenbach joined BD as president of the life sciences segment in May 2018 after having most recently served as Agilent's senior vice president and president of that firm's life sciences and applied markets group. Dave Hickey, who currently serves as BD's worldwide president of integrated diagnostics solutions, will be promoted to the position of executive vice president and president of life sciences. The new appointments will be effective Jan. 1, 2021.

The Scan

CDC Calls Delta "Variant of Concern"

CNN reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 to be a "variant of concern."

From FDA to Venture Capital

Former FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is taking a position at a venture capital firm, leading some ethicists to raise eyebrows, according to the Washington Post.

Consent Questions

Nature News writes that there are questions whether informed consent was obtained for some submissions to a database of Y-chromosome profiles.

Cell Studies on Multimodal Single-Cell Analysis, Coronaviruses in Bats, Urban Microbiomes

In Cell this week: approach to analyze multimodal single-cell genomic data, analysis of bat coronaviruses, and more.