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Alan Sherr has become vice president and chief intellectual property counsel for RainDance Technologies. He joins the company from Helicos BioSciences, where he was also vice president and chief intellectual property counsel. Before that, he was senior IP counsel and vice president of licensing at Affymetrix. Sherr holds a JD from Boston University, an MSEE from Stanford University, and a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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