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CareDx: Michael Bell, Marcel Konrad

CareDx said that CFO Michael Bell has notified the company of his intent to resign, effective Dec. 31. The firm has appointed Marcel Konrad to serve as interim CFO, effective upon Bell's resignation. 

Konrad has served as vice president and corporate controller at CareDx since August 2018. Prior to joining the company, he served in various capacities at Santen between November 2013 and July 2018, including as CFO for Santen USA, and as global head of R&D finance and CFO for Santen Ventures. Prior to that, Konrad worked for Novartis for nine years in both Switzerland and the US in various roles. 

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.