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Violaine Mélen, Stéphane Cruveiller

PathoQuest has appointed Violaine Mélen as its head of quality assurance and regulatory affairs. In the new position, Mélen will oversee the maintenance of product quality and compliance in line with the firm's quality management system, while also leading the firm's regulatory strategies. She has more than 12 years of experience in regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and clinical affairs within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Mélen previously worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories where she was responsible for implementing risk management procedures with a specific focus on infectious disease.

In addition, PathoQuest has appointed Stéphane Cruveiller as its chief technology information officer. As CTIO, Cruveiller will be responsible for the technical aspects of the firm's bioinformatics pipeline and alignment information technology-related development initiatives with its business goals. Cruveiller previously served as team leader at the François Jacob Institute of Biology - Genoscope of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission at the Laboratory of Bioinformatics Analyses for Genomics and Metabolism.

The Scan

Dropped Charges

The US Justice Department has dropped visa fraud charges against five Chinese researchers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

More Kids

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PNAS Papers on Rat Clues to Human Migration, Thyroid Cancer, PolyG-DS

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Purnell Choppin Dies

Purnell Choppin, a virologist who led the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has died at 91, according to the Washington Post.