This article, originally published Sept. 3, has been updated with additional information.

By Julia Karow

Helicos BioSciences said last week that it has hired Thomas Weisel Partners "to assist the company with its evaluation and execution of strategic alternatives."

The company also clarified the number of instruments it has installed, as well as which of those instruments have been purchases as opposed to evaluation placements.

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