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People in the News: Richard Ding, Joseph Limber, Amit Kumar, Rigdon Currie, John Abeles

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CombiMatrix has named two San Diego area executives, Richard Ding and Joseph Limber, to seats on its board of directors, and that former President and CEO Amit Kumar, as well as Rigdon Currie and John Abeles, will not be candidates for reelection at its next stockholders meeting.

Ding is CEO of BioTheranostics, a molecular diagnostics test developer and lab, and formerly was VP of strategy and business development at BioMerieux. Limber is president and CEO of Prometheus Laboratories, a pharmaceutical and diagnostics company focused on personalized medicine. He also previously was president and CEO of Aclara BioSciences, subsequently named Monogram Biosciences.

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