NEW YORK, Jan 31 – Genometrix said Wednesday it had promoted Stafford Brignac to vice president of engineering.

In his new position, Stafford will be responsible for developing software and information systems and for directing the company’s automation department.

“His experience in management of software engineering and genomics-related automation systems will contribute significantly to our ability to maximize efficiencies and to successfully transfer technology into production,” Bob Ellis, president of Genometrix, said in a statement.

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