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 AMSTERDAM, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Affymax N.V. (NASDAQ: AFMXF) today announced that senior management for its wholly owned subsidiary Affymetrix would be David B. Singer, president and chief executive officer, and Stephen P.A. Fodor, Ph.D., scientific director and chief technical officer.
 Affymetrix is developing innovative DNA-based systems for research instrumentation and clinical diagnostics, as well as the emerging genetic analysis market based on Affymax's VLSIPS(TM) chip technology. This technology may enable researchers and clinicians to explore genetic information rapidly and cost-effectively. Scientists at Affymetrix received a $2.2 million NIH Human Genome Grant in October 1992 to support development of the VLSIPS technology for application to DNA sequencing.
 "Information generated by the Human Genome Project and advances in molecular genetics have led to a much better understanding of the molecular basis of disease," stated John D. Diekman, president of Affymax and chairman of the board of Affymetrix. "Affymetrix is an independent, entrepreneurial business unit poised to capture the instrumentation and diagnostic opportunities presented by these tremendous advances in molecular genetics."
 Affymetrix is assembling an independent board of directors which will include Alejandro C. Zaffaroni, chairman and chief executive officer of Affymax. The company currently has 30 employees and is located in Santa Clara, Calif.
 Singer is currently vice president of finance and treasurer of Affymax. He joined Affymax in 1990 as director, business development from Baxter Healthcare Corp. Singer holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
 Fodor joined Affymax in 1989, most recently serving as vice president and director of physical sciences for Affymax Research Institute. He was the lead author on the initial VLSIPS paper and recently received the Distinguished Inventor Award from the Intellectual Property Owners' Association for this invention. Fodor received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University.
 Affymax is developing new technologies to accelerate the pace of drug discovery. Affymax is applying these technologies across a broad range of diseases to discover and develop products independently and in collaboration with established pharmaceutical companies. The majority of the company's research and development activities are performed by its wholly owned subsidiary, Affymax Research Institute, located in Palo Alto and Santa Clara. The company is pursuing opportunities in diagnostics through a wholly owned subsidiary, Affymetrix.
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