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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - James Mazzo has resigned as a member of Beckman Coulter’s board of directors. The company said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that Mazzo’s resignation was related to Abbott Laboratories' acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics, where he is chief executive officer, president, and chairman, and it was not related to any disagreement with Beckman Coulter.

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