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Paul Billings

Natera has appointed Paul Billings as its chief medical officer and senior vice president of medical affairs, where he will help lead efforts across the firm's reproductive health, oncology, and new emerging businesses. Billings is a board-certified internist and clinical geneticist with more than 30 years of experience in genomics and molecular medicine, having held academic and research appointments at Harvard University, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley.

Prior to joining Natera, Billings was chief medical officer of Life Technologies, consulting CMO of the genetic sciences division of Thermo Fisher Scientific, and senior physician at Laboratory Corporation of America. He has served on the scientific advisory board of the US Food and Drug Administration, the genomic medicine advisory committee at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genomics, Health and Society. His work formed the basis of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more