NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The biotechnology entrepreneur Alejandro Zaffaroni, who co-founded Affymetrix, has died at the age of 91, The New York Times has reported.

Originally from Uruguay, Zaffaroni helped to launch biotechnology and Silicon Valley companies beyond Affymetrix, including Alza, Syntex, Perlegen Sciences, Symyx Technologies, DNAX, and Maxygen. He also had a hand in bringing new technologies to market, including Affymetrix's biochips, as well as the birth control pill and the nicotine patch.

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