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People in the News: Stephen Rusckowski, Daniel Von Hoff, Nikko Khazana, Kevin Davies


Stephen Rusckowski has been named chairman of the American Clinical Laboratory Association's board of directors.

Rusckowski has served as Quest Diagnostics' president and CEO since May 2012. Before joining Quest Diagnostics, he was CEO of Philips Healthcare.

The Hope Funds for Cancer Research has awarded Daniel Von Hoff one of its five annual awards of excellence in medicine.

Von Hoff is physician-in-chief and distinguished professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute and chief scientific officer at Scottsdale Healthcare's Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.

CompanionDx Reference Lab has appointed Nikko Khazana senior vice president of sales. CompanionDx is a CLIA-certified laboratory specializing in pharmacogenomics, cancer companion diagnostics, targeted next-generation sequencing, and epigenomics testing.

Khazana joins the company from Cardinal Health Specialty, where he led the strategy and growth of the group purchasing organization and the build-out of its urology division. He has also held various executive management positions in sales, marketing, strategy and operations during the past 20 years within the pharmaceutical-biotech industry.

Pathway Genomics said this week that Kevin Davies has joined its scientific advisory board.

Davies is founding editor of Nature Genetics, a VP with the American Chemical Society, and is publisher of Chemical & Engineering News. He was the founding editor of Bio-IT World and an editor-in-chief at Cell Press.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.