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John Boyce, Stephen Fodor, Jorge Velarde

John Boyce has left his post as head of business development at Helicos BioSciences to co-found Delphi Bio, a strategic biotechnology consulting firm specializing in the areas of biotechnology tools and consumables. Prior to joining Helicos, Boyce was senior director of commercial development for Parallele Biosciences. He was also senior director of business development for Genomics Collaborative. Before that, he was director for US sales at Sequenom.

Stephen Fodor plans to step down as CEO of Affymetrix on Jan. 1, the company said last week. Kevin King, Affymetrix’s president, will become CEO and a member of the board of directors. Fodor will remain a full-time executive chairman, a position in which he will “identify and advance new platform technologies and explore new market opportunities for the company,” Affymetrix said in a statement.

Illumina has promoted Jorge Velarde, Jr. to vice president of business development. Prior to joining Illumina seven years ago, he was a senior manager of business development at Gen-Probe.

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Study Reveals Molecular, Clinical Features in Colorectal Cancer Cases Involving Multiple Primary Tumors

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FarGen Phase One Sequences Exomes of Nearly 500 From Faroe Islands

The analysis in the European Journal of Human Genetics finds few rare variants and limited geographic structure among Faroese individuals.