By all accounts, the past seven months have been among the most challenging Affymetrix has faced since it was founded 15 years ago.

Since August, the 1,101-employee company has faced the dual challenges of launching three major products — the Human Mapping 500K Array set for genotyping, exon arrays, and tiling arrays — and experiencing a manufacturing malfunction that forced it to revise two quarterly earnings forecasts just weeks before the company was set to report its results (see BAN 1/10/2006>, BAN 10/05/2005).

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