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Helicos' Q4 Grant Revenues Double; Expects Instrument Revenue in '09

Helicos BioSciences' fourth-quarter grant revenues increased to $206,000 from $117,000 year over year, the firm reported in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week.

The firm also reported its first-ever product revenue, totaling $36,000 for the three-month period ended Dec. 31, 2008. The company said in the filing that it expects to "recognize revenue from one of our initial 2008 instrument shipments in 2009."

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