Louise Mawhinney, Helicos BioSciences’ senior vice president and chief financial officer, will leave the company on March 19 to “pursue other interests,” the company said on Friday. Steve Lombardi, the company's president and chief operating officer, will succeed her as interim principal financial officer. Kevin Lafond, the company's controller, will become Helicos’ interim principal accounting officer. Mawhinney joined Helicos in October 2006. Prior to that, she was CFO at ArQule.

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