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Pyrosequencing to Lay off 30 People in Cost-Savings Program

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (GenomeWeb News) - Pyrosequencing of Uppsala, Sweden, said yesterday that it will lay off 30 people as part of a new belt-tightening program that is expected to save the company SEK 45-55 million (US$6-7 million) annually.

The new corporate structure will be effective from October 1 when Hans Johansson starts as president. Johansson was previously president of Personal Chemistry, which Pyrosequencing acquired last month.

In August, Pyrosequencing said it would reduce its staff by around 40 people. After the new cutbacks, the workforce of the new company will be approximately 150 employees, with 85 based in Uppsala, the company said. Pyrosequencing also has facilities in Boston, Mass., Cambridge, UK, and Constance, Germany.


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