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Paired Ends: Mark Pratt, Kevin Stearn, David Edington, Frederick Eibel


GenapSys has appointed Mark Pratt as vice president of product development. Most recently, Pratt was senior director of accuracy R&D at Personalis. Before that, he served at Illumina, where he was responsible for engineering research, including holding leadership positions in the development of the HiSeq and MiSeq systems.

DNA Electronics has finalized its leadership team with the appointments of Kevin Stearn as operational director and David Edington as VP of R&D. The company is developing and plans to commercialize its semiconductor DNA sequencing technology, which will be aimed at the infectious disease diagnostics market.

Stearn has held a range of senior operational and commercial roles in the diagnostics sector, including as business development director for KICTeam, and as managing director for Alere's UK and Chinese pregnancy test production facilities and for Diomed.

Edington spent 12 years leading development and commercialization of medical devices at PA Consulting Group's labs, and he was a founding member of the point-of-care diagnostics firm Exacsys, a spinout of PA Consulting Group.

RainDance Technologies has named Frederick Eibel as senior vice president of strategic marketing. He most recently served as head of genetic analysis commercial operations at Agena Bioscience, which was previously the genetic analysis division of Sequenom. Prior to his time at Sequenom, he held similar leadership positions at Gen-Probe, Life Technologies, and Roche Diagnostics. He also serves on the board of directors of MolecularMD.

The Scan

NFTs for Genome Sharing

Nature News writes that non-fungible tokens could be a way for people to profit from sharing genomic data.

Wastewater Warning System

Time magazine writes that cities and college campuses are monitoring sewage for SARS-CoV-2, an approach officials hope lasts beyond COVID-19.

Networks to Boost Surveillance

Scientific American writes that new organizations and networks aim to improve the ability of developing countries to conduct SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance.

Genome Biology Papers on Gastric Cancer Epimutations, BUTTERFLY, GUNC Tool

In Genome Biology this week: recurrent epigenetic mutations in gastric cancer, correction tool for unique molecular identifier-based assays, and more.