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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

Genome Sequences Reveal Range Mutations in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Researchers in Nature Genetics detect somatic mutation variation across iPSCs generated from blood or skin fibroblast cell sources, along with selection for BCOR gene mutations.

Researchers Reprogram Plant Roots With Synthetic Genetic Circuit Strategy

Root gene expression was altered with the help of genetic circuits built around a series of synthetic transcriptional regulators in the Nicotiana benthamiana plant in a Science paper.

Infectious Disease Tracking Study Compares Genome Sequencing Approaches

Researchers in BMC Genomics see advantages for capture-based Illumina sequencing and amplicon-based sequencing on the Nanopore instrument, depending on the situation or samples available.

LINE-1 Linked to Premature Aging Conditions

Researchers report in Science Translational Medicine that the accumulation of LINE-1 RNA contributes to premature aging conditions and that symptoms can be improved by targeting them.