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Ilan Daskal

Cepheid announced the appointment of Ilan Daskal as executive VP and chief financial officer, effective April 9. Daskal brings more than 20 years of finance experience to Cepheid, most recently as executive VP and CFO at International Rectifier Corporation, a power management semiconductor technology company. He has also held positions at Infineon Technologies, Savan Communication, and Smartlink.

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.