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Johannes Fruehauf, Jens Harborth, Greg Weaver

Cequent Pharmaceuticals said this week that it has named Johannes Fruehauf as its director of preclinical and clinical development.
Fruehauf was previously a senior research fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He holds an MD from the University of Heidelberg and is a co-developer of Cequent’s core transkingdom RNAi technology.
Cequent also said that it has appointed Jens Harborth as its associated director of RNAi research.
Harborth was previously a senior scientist at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from Georg-August University.

Talyst, a pharmacy automation firm, has named Greg Weaver as its CFO.

Weaver was previously senior vice president and CFO of Sirna Therapeutics, which was acquired by Merck earlier this year.

The Scan

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Study Tracks Responses in Patients Pursuing Polygenic Risk Score Profiling

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