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Tom Polen

Tom Polen, who currently serves as president of BD, has been promoted. He will now also serve as BD's Chief Operating Officer. Polen will be responsible for overseeing the firm's three operating segments, its new product development pipeline, and global operations including all manufacturing facilities and supply chain operations. The company has not had a COO since 2016, according to a statement.

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.