NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom said in a regulatory filing after the close of the market on Monday that it is reducing its workforce by about 75 employees as part of a reorganization.

The majority of employees being laid off were notified on Monday and all affected employees will be notified by Aug. 23, the company said in its document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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