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Dec 20, 2017

Steven Kafka, Troy Cox, Konstantin Fiedler

Steven Kafka will resign as president and chief operating officer of Foundation Medicine, effective Feb. 16, 2018. CEO Troy Cox will take on the additional role of president, and Konstantin Fiedler will become COO. Fiedler joined the company in 2016 as senior vice president of international markets and managing director of FMI Germany, the firm's wholly-owned subsidiary in Germany. Prior to that, he was head of innovation of the healthcare unit of Linde, and before that, managing director in the Leica Biosystems division of Danaher. Earlier, he was a general manager in General Electric's life sciences division. Fiedler holds a master of science degree in physics from the University of Graz and a PhD in physics from the University of Konstanz.

Dec 20, 2017

Tomasz Czerski, Michael Köhler, Rajesh Tripathi

CytoTest has appointed three new members to its sales team. Tomasz Czerski has become vice president and sales manager Europe, initially focusing on Northern and Eastern Europe as well as the Eurasian Economic Union. Michael Köhler has also been named vice president and sales manager Europe, concentrating on Central and Western Europe. In addition, Rajesh Tripathi has become vice president and sales manager for India. He will also help with sales growth in neighboring countries and in the Middle East.

Dec 20, 2017

Stephen Worsley

Indi Molecular has named Stephen Worsley its senior VP of business development. Worsley joins the firm from Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, where he served as VP of business development. Earlier, he held the post of chief business officer at Centrose Pharmaceutical, and he was VP of business development for Intrexon, among other similar positions at a variety of biotech firms.


Oxford Nanopore Technologies is looking into dual listings in London and Hong Kong, according to the South China Morning Post.

The New York Times looks into medical research funding in the US and how the grant system might not be funding the best work.

US lawmakers proposed increasing the National Science Foundation budget, including its facilities account, Science reports.

In PNAS this week: effects of gene deletions on bacterial metabolic networks, genetic responses to sea star wasting disease, and more.