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Pairings: Mar 2, 2011


Affymetrix said last week that Paul Berg will retire from its board of directors in May. Berg has been a board member of the company since its inception in 1993.

Olink Genomics has appointed a new chairman of the board and a chief business officer.

Mårten Winge
has been named chairman of the board, replacing Mats Nilsson as of October 2010. Nilsson will remain a member of the board. Previously, Winge served as CEO of Proxeon A/S, a company acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific. Winge has 20 years of biotech tools industry experience, holding marketing and sales positions at various top life sciences firms.

Maria Hjortsmark has joined the company as its chief business officer. Previously, she was the senior brand manager at Phadia AB, which specializes in autoimmune disease diagnostics. Hjortsmark has over 20 years experience in product management, marketing and sales at companies such as Pharmacia Biotech and Pyrosequencing AB.

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