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Michael Hunter, Mike Falvey, Andrew Gruen, Milan Mitrovic, Bruce Press

Seven Bridges has appointed Michael Hultner as chief strategy officer, Mike Falvey as CFO, Andrew Guren as chief communications officer, Milan Mitrovic as chief product officer, and Bruce Press as executive vice president of business development and strategy. Hultner comes to Seven Bridges from Leidos Health, where he served as chief scientist for Health & Life Sciences. Falvey joins Seven Bridges after working as a CFO in life sciences, high technology, and financial services industries, including Analysis Group, Ahura Scientific, Aspect Medical Systems, and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Gruen joins Seven Bridges from Northwestern University's Media Management Center, where he served as director of research. Mitrovic previously served as Seven Bridges' senior director of product development. Press comes to Seven Bridges from EMC, where he served as director of big data solutions.

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.