CombiMatrix reached significant corporate milestones last week, and laid off 25 workers.

The Mukilteo, Wash.-based microarray firm let the workers go as it announced an $8.5 million cash payment from Roche for reaching contractual goals in developing its DNA microarray technology, and saw its chief executive officer named to the board of its parent company, Acacia Research.

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