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Hannes Smarason, John Long, Alex Fowkes

WuXi AppTec group subsidiary, WuXi NextCode, has appointed Hannes Smarason as CEO, John Long as CFO, and Alex Fowkes as chief operating officer. Smarason has been serving as COO for WuXi NextCode for the past two years. He co-founded NextCode Health in 2013, a spinout from deCode genetics, and he oversaw WuXi AppTec's aquisition of NextCode in 2015 and the company's merger with the WuXi Genome Center. Long has served as WuXi AppTec's senior vice president of finance since 2013. Prior to joining the company, he served in senior roles at Willis Group, Tyco International, and Lucent Technologies. Fowkes joined WuXi AppTec in 2012 where he initially led corporate development. He most recently served as senior vice president of commercial operations. Prior to WuXi, he served in a variety of roles for Pfizer in the US, UK, Australia, and China over 14 years.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.