Helicos BioSciences CEO Stan Lapidus has been named chairman of the board of directors, replacing Noubar Afeyan, who will be lead independent director, the company said last week.
 
Also, the company promoted Steve Lombardi to president and chief operating officer. Until recently, he was Helicos’ chief operating officer and executive vice president. Before joining Helicos, Lombardi was a senior vice president at Affymetrix.

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