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Nick Ecos

Nick Ecos has been appointed CEO of Biomatrica. Most recently Ecos served as vice president and general manager of licensing and commercial partnering at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He has 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and healthcare business, including positions at Life Technologies and Invitrogen.

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

The Associated Press says Moderna is expanding its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine study to included additional children and may include even younger children.

PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

In PNAS this week: ancient rat genome analysis gives hints to human migrations, WDR77 gene mutations in thyroid cancer, and more.

Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.