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SGI-DNA: Brian Donnelly

Synthetic biology firm SGI-DNA announced the appointment of Brian Donnelly to the newly created position of chief commercial officer. Donnelly will be responsible for global sales, marketing, customer service and support, and business development.

Donnelly comes to the firm from Illumina, where he most recently led Illumina's global service organization. During his time at Illumina, Brian also led the global commercial strategy and global clinical marketing teams. He has also held commercial and operational roles at Sequenom, GlaxoSmithKline, and Allergan. He holds MBA and JD degrees from Rutgers University.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.