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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

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Small Study of Gene Editing to Treat Sickle Cell Disease

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Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment Specificity Enhanced With Stem Cell Editing

A study in Nature suggests epitope editing in donor stem cells prior to bone marrow transplants can stave off toxicity when targeting acute myeloid leukemia with immunotherapy.