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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — GATC Biotech has promoted Marcus Benz to be chief operating officer. GATC said Benz started at the company in 2000 as head of quality management and worked in GATC's sequencing segment. He also was head of production management for GATC. Before that Benz was a consultant in the life science industry.


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