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Fluidigm Appoints Former Hewlett-Packard CEO to Board of Directors

NEW YORK, June 18 – Microfluidics startup Fluidigm has appointed John Young, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, to its board of directors, the company said Monday.

Young served as president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1978 to 1992, and held the position of co-chairman of the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology from 1993 to 2001. Currently, Young is chairman of the board of Agere Systems, the former microelectronics division of Lucent Technologies. He also sits on the boards of Affymetrix, Ciphergen, GlaxoSmithKline, Chevron, and Lucent Technologies.

Fluidigm, based in South San Francisco, Calif., has developed flexible microfluidics chips that manipulate fluid flow with air-powered pumps and valves embedded in the chip. 

"We are thrilled to have John as a board member," Gajus Worthington, CEO of Fluidigm, said in a statement. "Not only has he managed and grown one of the world's largest and most well respected technology companies, he also has a unique understanding of how the pharmaceutical, biochip, systems, and MEMs markets are converging, and how we can exploit that with Fluidigm's innovative technology."

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