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Warren Kocmond and Marc Haugen

Cepheid has promoted Warren Kocmond to the position of president and chief operating officer. Kocmond was formerly executive vice president and COO. Kocmond's responsibilities will now include global commercial operations in addition to manufacturing operations, technical service, and customer service.

In addition, Cepheid has appointed Marc Haugen as executive vice president of engineering and operations, reporting to Kocmond. Haugen was most recently group vice president of worldwide operations and supply chain at Applied Materials. 

The Scan

Two J&J Doses

Johnson & Johnson says two doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine provides increased protection against symptomatic COVID-19, CNN reports.

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Response in Kids

The Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in a lower-dose format appears to generate an immune response among children, according to the Washington Post.

Chicken Changes to Prevent Disease

The Guardian writes that researchers are looking at gene editing chickens to help prevent future pandemics.

PNAS Papers on Siberian Dog Ancestry, Insect Reproduction, Hippocampal Neurogenesis

In PNAS this week: ancestry and admixture among Siberian dogs, hormone role in fruit fly reproduction, and more.