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Serimmune: Noah Nasser, Bill Welch

Goleta, California-based Serimmune has appointed Noah Nasser as CEO and Bill Welch to its board of directors.

Prior to Seriummne, Nasser served as chief commercial officer at Human Longevity. Before working at Human Longevity, Nasser served as chief commercial officer at Counsyl. In addition, he held leadership positions at AltheaDx and Verinata Health. 

Welch is currently a venture partner at Illumina Ventures. Before joining Illumina Ventures, Welch served as CEO at Trovagene. Prior to Trovagene, Welch was president and CEO at Sequenom. Before working at Sequenom, Welch served as CCO at Monogram Biosciences. Prior to Monogram, Welch held progressive management positions at Abbot Laboratories. 

The Scan

Close Panel Vote on Califf Nomination

The New York Times reports there was a close committee vote to advance the nomination of Robert Califf to lead the US Food and Drug Administration to the full Senate.

Task Force Reports on Scientific Integrity

Nature News writes that that a new task force report recommends that the US establish a cross-agency scientific integrity council.

Across the Hall

Genetic testing, closed-circuit cameras, and more show how a traveler, without any contact, infected others at a New Zealand quarantine facility, CNN reports.

Science Paper Examines Influence of Chromatin Modifications on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

In Science this week: genes regulating chromatin modification may contribute to OCD risk.