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Freenome Impact Advisory Board

Freenome has announced the creation of what it calls its Impact Advisory Board, a group tasked with helping the company optimize strategies, including those that will guide its first commercial launch of a blood-based, artificial intelligence-derived genomic test for the early detection of colorectal cancer.

The new board includes NDA Partners' Alberto Gutierrez, a former 25-year veteran of the US Food and Drug Administration, who will be tasked with guiding regulatory strategy. Joining Gutierrez are two experts on payor strategy: Louis Jacques, chief clinical officer of ADVI Health and former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Coverage and Analysis Group; and Sherie Smalley, senior medical director of medical policy at UPMC Health Plan.

It also includes clinical development advisors with expertise in gastroenterology, including Douglas Robertson from the US Multi-Society Task Force of Colorectal Cancer.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.