Helicos Biosciences (NASDAQ: HLCS), the maker of tools for genetic researchers, said today it has promoted Steve Lombardi to CEO. Lombardi, 53, joined the company in October 2007 as president and chief operating officer. He takes over for Stan Lapidus, 59, who will remain chairman of the company’s board. We profiled Lombardi, a veteran of Applied Biosystems and Affymetrix, last month, when he said he was thinking about expanding the company’s manufacturing base in Massachusetts because of Gov. Deval Patrick’s 10-year, $1 bilion life sciences initiative.