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People in the News: Aug 6, 2009

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Benitec has named Peter French as its new CSO.

French, who will work for Benitec on a part-time basis initially, holds a PhD from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, and has an MBA in technology management, according to the company.

He is also chief scientist and innovation manager at biotech firm Fermiscan.


MDRNA has recently appointed Peter Garcia as its CFO.

Garcia previously served as CFO of Nanosys, a private nanotechnology firm, and had been senior vice president and CFO of Nuvelo, a private biopharmaceutical company. He previously was CFO at Novacept, IntraBiotics, and Dendreon.

He has an MBA from the Anderson School at University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in economics and sociology from Stanford University.

The Scan

Support for Moderna Booster

An FDA advisory committee supports authorizing a booster for Moderna's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, CNN reports.

Testing at UK Lab Suspended

SARS-CoV-2 testing at a UK lab has been suspended following a number of false negative results.

J&J CSO to Step Down

The Wall Street Journal reports that Paul Stoffels will be stepping down as chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson by the end of the year.

Science Papers Present Proteo-Genomic Map of Human Health, Brain Tumor Target, Tool to Infer CNVs

In Science this week: gene-protein-disease map, epigenomic and transcriptomic approach highlights potential therapeutic target for gliomas, and more