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Valerie Palmieri, James LaFrance

Vermillion has named Valerie Palmieri president and CEO effective Jan. 1. Current CEO James LaFrance will continue to serve as chairman of the company's board.

Palmieri is currently Vermillion's COO. Prior to joining the company in October, she was president of Momentum Consulting and served as a strategic advisor to the company. Before that she was national vice president of anatomic pathology operations at Laboratory Corporation of America.

The Scan

Tennessee's COVID-19 Sequencing

The Tennessean reports that a state lab there can now run its own genome sequencing analyses of SARS-CoV-2 samples.

Sanction Violation Charges

A former professor has been charged with exporting genetic sequencing equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions, the Miami Herald reports.

Prenetics to Go Public Through SPAC

Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based genomic and diagnostic company, is going public through a SPAC merger, according to 360Dx.

Nature Papers Examine Genomes of Centenarians, Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair

In Nature this week: analysis of centenarian genomes uncovers longevity-linked variants, and more.