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Sequenom has appointed Wolfgang Holzgreve to its clinical advisory board. Holzgreve currently is director and chairman of the board of directors at the University Hospital Freiburg, Germany, and he formerly was chairman of the department and chief of service at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Basel.


CombiMatrix has tapped Mark McGowan to serve on its board of directors. McGowan is the managing member of SAF Capital Management, and he co-founded and served as managing partner of MPG Capital Management.

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