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Steven Verdooner, Richard Lai Fatt

eXegenics said this week that it has named Steven Verdooner as its executive vice president of instrumentation.
Verdooner previously held various managerial positions at Ophthalmic Imaging Systems, an ophthalmic digital imaging and informatics firm he co-founded.
eXegenics announced the hiring of Verdooner when it reported an agreement to buy ophthalmic imaging and diagnostics company Ophthalmic Technologies.

Nventa Biopharmaceuticals said this week that it has appointed Richard Lai Fatt as its vice president of corporate development.
Lai Fatt previously was vice president of business development and strategic marketing at antisense firm Isis Pharmaceuticals.

Biogen Idec said this week that it has appointed Marijn Dekkers to its board of directors.
Dekkers is president and CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.