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Syapse: Fletcher Payne

Fletcher Payne has been appointed as CFO of precision oncology firm Syapse. Payne joins Syapse from Catalyst Biosciences, where he was CFO since January 2015. He has previously held senior financial positions at CytomX Therapeutics, Plexxikon, Rinat Neuroscience Corporation, Dynavax Technologies Corporation, Cell Genesys, Abgenix, Sun Microsystems, and IBM. 

The Scan

Panel Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Kids

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Sharing How to Make It

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Bring it Back In

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Nucleic Acids Research Papers on SomaMutDB, VThunter, SCovid Databases

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: database of somatic mutations in normal tissue, viral receptor-related expression signatures, and more.