Affymetrix co-founder Alejandro Zaffaroni last week received the Gregory Pincus Award from the Worcester Foundation for Biological Research in honor of the "many accomplishments of his half century of work in drug discovery and biological research."

The Uruguayan-born founder of Alza is also credited with founding DNAX, Affymax, Symyx Technologies, Maxygen, SurroMed, and, most recently, Alexza MDC. Zaffaroni was also involved in the creation of Perlegen, an Affymetrix spin-off that launched in 1994.

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