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Roger Moody, Ann Wallin, Sheli Rosenberg

Nanosphere announced that CFO Roger Moody notified the firm this week that he will step down from his position with the firm on Feb. 11. Nanosphere has appointed Ann Wallin, currently VP of finance and accounting, to serve as interim CFO and chief accounting officer after Moody leaves the firm. In addition, Sheli Rosenberg has resigned as chair of Nanosphere's board of directors. The company said that it will conduct search for a successor chair.

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.