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Nautilus Biotechnology: Matt Murphy

Nautilus Biotechnology has appointed Matt Murphy as general counsel.

Murphy brings more than 25 years of experience as senior legal counsel for life sciences companies. He was previously VP and general counsel for both 10x Genomics and Pacific Biosciences and has advised companies including Caliper Technologies, BioElectron Technology, and Nanosys.

Murphy holds a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

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