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Waters: Christopher O'Connell

Christopher O'Connell will step down as president, CEO, and a member of the board of directors of Waters, the firm announced this week. Waters said that it has hired an executive search firm to identify a new CEO and that O'Connell will serve as an advisor until the end of this year to support the transition. O'Connell has served as president and CEO of Waters for the past five years, succeeding the firm's long-time leader Doug Berthiaume. According to terms of O'Connell's separation agreement, he will receive a cash severance in the amount of $4,252,500, payable over a two-year period following termination of employment and a bonus for calendar year 2020 based on the company's performance.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.