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Genset SA, a biotechnology company, was established in 1989 in Paris, France with Pascal Brandys as its first president. Genset was listed on the NASDAQ and the Paris Bourse (now NYSE Euronext) in 1996. Genset rapidly became the European flagship company in the field of genomics and became the second largest biotechnology company in Europe in 1999 and had subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. In 1994, Genset started the first large scale program to analyze the regulatory sequences of the human genome and in 1997 also initiated the construction of a map of single nucleotide polymorphisms as a tool to accelerate the discovery of genes associated with diseases. Genset led the pharmaco genomics field and started the first pharmacogenomics research program in the world in collaboration with Abbott Laboratories in 1997. Genset was acquired by Serono of Switzerland in 2002, now part of Merck Serono.

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