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Affymetrix Sues Pacific Biosciences for Hiring Away Employees

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix has filed a lawsuit against Pacific Biosciences alleging misconduct in its hiring of former Affymetrix employees, GenomeWeb Daily News has learned.

In a case filed in the Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday, Affymetrix alleges, among other things, that "Pac Bio engaged in tortious misconduct by conspiring with current and former Affymetrix employees to solicit and hire current Affymetrix employees for the Pac Bio workforce," a spokesperson for the Santa Clara, Calif.-based microarray firm, told GWDN. Unnamed former employees of Affymetrix are also defendants.

The spokesperson declined further comment on the litigation.

A spokesperson for PacBio declined comment, saying the company has not been served in the case and is not aware of the suit.

Menlo Park, Calif.-based PacBio went public a week ago raising $200 million. Affymetrix's lawsuit is the second filed against the firm in the past three months, following one by Helicos Biosciences alleging patent infringement.

In afternoon trading on the Nasdaq Thursday, shares of PacBio's stock were down 11 percent at $12.98. The drop follows a 13 percent decline in trading yesterday.