Steve Lombardi will replace Stan Lapidus as CEO of Helicos BioSciences, the company said this week. Lapidus will continue as chairman of the board.
 
Lombardi joined Helicos in June 2006 as senior vice president of sales and marketing and was later promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. In October 2007 he was named president and chief operating officer.
 
He will retain the position of president in his new role as CEO.
 

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