Alejandro Zaffaroni, a biotech entrepreneur who was involved in the development of products as disparate as the birth control pill and DNA chips, has died, the New York Times reports. He was 91. Zaffaroni, a biochemist by training, started at least 10 companies throughout his career, including Affymetrix, the Times adds.

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