NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Christophe Mérieux, bioMérieux's vice president of research and development, died July 14 after a heart attack, according to news reports. He was 39.
 
He was also the head of Transgène, the company's Strasbourg, France-based subsidiary. Transgene said today Michel Dubois would take Mérieux's seat as chairman of the board.
 
His father, Alain Mérieux, currently the CEO, was set to hand over control of the company to him in the next two years.

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