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George Cardoza, Sharon Virag

NeoGenomics announced the appointments of George Cardoza as president of the Pharma Services Division, and Sharon Virag as chief financial officer. The position of president of the Pharma Services Division is a newly created position. Cardoza, who has served as chief financial officer since 2009, will lead a division that grew revenues 69 percent to $8.7 million last year. The division also includes a new lab in Rolle, Switzerland that was added last year to meet Pharma Services demand. Virag, who is succeeding Cardoza in the chief financial officer role, was previously vice president, corporate finance and chief accounting officer, at Aetna. Her appointment is effective March 27.

The Scan

Highly Similar

Researchers have uncovered bat viruses that are highly similar to SARS-CoV-2, according to Nature News.

Gain of Oversight

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden Administration is considering greater oversight of gain-of-function research.

Lasker for mRNA Vaccine Work

The Scientist reports that researchers whose work enabled the development of mRNA-based vaccines are among this year's Lasker Award winners

PLOS Papers on Causal Variant Mapping, Ancient Salmonella, ALK Fusion Test for NSCLC

In PLOS this week: MsCAVIAR approach to map causal variants, analysis of ancient Salmonella, and more.