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Becton Dickinson: Vincent Forlenza, Thomas Polen

Becton Dickinson announced that Vincent Forlenza will retire from his position as of Jan. 28, 2020. Forlenza, who has been with BD for 40 years and has led the company as CEO since 2011, will continue to serve as executive chairman of its board of directors. Thomas Polen, the firm's chief operating officer, will take over as CEO. 

The Scan

Booster Push

New data shows a decline in SARS-CoV-2 vaccine efficacy over time, which the New York Times says Pfizer is using to argue its case for a booster, even as the lower efficacy remains high.

With Help from Mr. Fluffington, PurrhD

Cats could make good study animals for genetic research, the University of Missouri's Leslie Lyons tells the Atlantic.

Man Charged With Threatening to Harm Fauci, Collins

The Hill reports that Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., was charged with making threats against federal officials.

Nature Papers Present Approach to Find Natural Products, Method to ID Cancer Driver Mutations, More

In Nature this week: combination of cryogenic electron microscopy with genome mining helps uncover natural products, driver mutations in cancer, and more.