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Grail: Matthew Young

Grail has appointed Matthew Young as chief operating officer. Young joins Grail from Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where he most recently served as executive VP and CFO. Prior to Jazz, Young worked in investment banking for about 20 years in positions at Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, and Lehman Brothers. He currently is a board member at PRA Health Sciences. Young is also a lead independent director and chairman of the audit committee of CytomX Therapeutics. 

The Scan

US Supports Patent Waivers

NPR reports that the Biden Administration has announced its support for waiving intellectual property protections for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.

Vaccines Versus Variants

Two studies find the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to be effective against viral variants, and Moderna reports on booster shots to combat variants.

CRISPR for What Ails You

The Wall Street Journal writes that CRISPR-based therapies could someday be used to treat common conditions like heart attacks.

Nature Papers Review Integration of Single-Cell Assay Data, Present Approach to Detect Rare Variants

In Nature this week: review of ways to integrate data from single-cell assays, and more.