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Helixis CEO Alex Dickinson has joined Illumina as senior vice president of PCR solutions, the firm said last week.

Dickinson led Helixis for three years prior to the company's acquisition by Illumina. Before that, he was president and CEO of Luxtera, and prior to that he served as CEO and chairman of Ethentica.

He holds a BE and PhD from the University of Adelaide in Australia, and an MBA from Columbia University.

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