NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Helicos BioSciences has appointed Patrice Milos chief science officer and vice president. Milos formerly was executive director of global R&D at Pfizer, where she also held various research positions in pharmacogenomics and molecular sciences, Helicos said.

Affymetrix has appointed John Batty chief financial officer and executive vice president, the company said last week.

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