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Jack Leonard, Norrie Russell, Gary Zweiger

Febit has named Jack Leonard its vice president of technology commercialization.
In the role, Leonard will help “expand the company’s capabilities to serving the US life sciences market with miRNA and gene-expression profiling technology and services,” Febit said.
Leonard previously served as director of genomics and molecular biology at Millipore. He holds a PhD in genetics from the University of Connecticut.

NovaRx, a developer of cell-based cancer vaccines,has named Norrie Russell as its president and COO.
Russell previously served as CSO of Invitrogen. He also held various positions at AstraZeneca, including global head of biological science and technology.

BioNanomatrix, a developer of whole-genome imaging and analysis systems, has appointed Gary Zweiger as its vice president of business development.
Zweiger previously served as director of business development at Applied Biosystems’ cell and molecular biology division where he managed collaborations and business-development activities for, among other things, the company’s RNAi operations.

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.