What's going on at LIFE?

Synergies=Layoffs
coming B4 year end.

Where is the new building

Where is the new building

Life Tech just bought another

Life Tech just bought another HUGE building In Carlsbad. Say goodbye to your jobs Camarillo and Pleasanton.

Wow. That post makes

Wow. That post makes absolutely no sense. "Quited", really?

FC site still hiring?

FC site still hiring?

Copied from a Bio-Rad thread.

"so what's SC doing now? I thought he was next in line?"
SC the ladies man left for Foster City pastures
SC the leprechaun was JS's chosen one but now that JS is gone (by choice?) he doesn't have as much clout.

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SC quited last
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/12/2009 - 05:42.
SC quited last month.
Wondering who will take over his ladies left at BioRad.
For his latest employer, the reference for him is: BioRad's version of Tiger wood. (he is as good as Tiger on entertaining side, but as imcompetent as other BioRad managers on business side)"

Life Tech will emerge as the

Life Tech will emerge as the dominant player in the life sciences industry. Get ready for a new set of acquisitions in the next couple of years that will solidify that position.

Probably to the unemployment

Probably to the unemployment line

Maybe to Carlsbad.

Maybe to Carlsbad.

Moving and downsizing is what

Moving and downsizing is what I'd heard - Maybe to Pleasanton?

Any update with FC shutting

Any update with FC shutting down?

There will come a day when

There will come a day when Austin people may have to learn Malay, Mandarin, or Tamil.....I wouldn't trust GL or any of them.

"layoff in foster city -

"layoff in foster city - resumes are everywhere"
Guess FC HR has finally earned some of its pay.

Christie is definitely a

Christie is definitely a jewel ! Julia is great too. I'll take them without tape, thank you. Two of the nicest gals you'd ever meet.

Thinking of a couple of them

Thinking of a couple of them and it would take a bit of tape to 5s them or parts thereof!!!! (But I'm sure most of the guys there would love every minute of it LMAO) Definitely red tape for CF, the Canuck hottie !!!! Quite an attractive woman in any color and pretty spunky to boot. Hubby is a pretty nice guy too (why wouldn't he be !!!!)She keeps the Aussies in line.

Yeah Ambion SOPs etc. were pretty nonexistent prior to AB. Batch production records were paper towels in some runs. The assays were fiction for the most part. In fact, most of them were fiction after AB took over. There were a couple of people who seriously "cooked the books" for awhile. One is gone and the other is in a greatly diminished role.

BP found his niche. Scientifically, there's nothing there. He started in filling years ago for somebody and got involved with the 5S, TQM, etc. bit. Sad in a way because AB was a cutting edge company in the days of Hunkapillar

Which departments?

Which departments?

layoff in foster city -

layoff in foster city - resumes are everywhere

5S is really difficult for

5S is really difficult for people who have ever worked in R&D. It appears to suck the last remnants of creative problem solving from the manufacturing floor. However, this is not the case. Disorganized, worthless crap strewn about the lab does not indicate an open-minded, creative working environment. It just means you have to search twice as long for the things you need to do your job. At first, 5S feels a bit like big brother is going to punish you for being human, but after I experienced always having what I needed because it was where it belonged, I would not change it. I am going to be really annoying if I ever move to another lab because 5S will follow.

Oh, by the way:
Quote - "Speaking of tape, I can think of a couple of scientists in protein production that I wouldn't mind taping up !!!! "Hey babe, wanna get 5s'd !!!"
SUPER, SUPER, CREEPY.

>I think people often miss

>I think people often miss the forest for the trees when >complaining about 5S "silliness". It's not so much about the >taping of everything as much as it is about discipline. It's >about taking ownership and being able to say I know what >everything in this area is, it belongs here, and I'm going to >keep it this way. ...

Wow, the most mature, thoughtful and insightful essay I've read about biotech in a long time. Someone who not only "gets" quality assurance, but gets it for all the right reasons. Good on you mate.

yeah, I've seen 5S turn labs

yeah, I've seen 5S turn labs and office spaces around. It's a pain, but if you do it right without a ton of management, it's a good thing.

> BP, MA, the whole bunch of

> BP, MA, the whole bunch of them, just awful. Spoke with a former
> Vice Chair at 3M last week and he started laughing when I told
> him about this 5S crap. I think Ambion must have done pretty
> reasonably on its own before all of this stuff came up.

I think people often miss the forest for the trees when complaining about 5S "silliness". It's not so much about the taping of everything as much as it is about discipline. It's about taking ownership and being able to say I know what everything in this area is, it belongs here, and I'm going to keep it this way.

Most of the Ambion labs before 5S had papers, old equipment, and you a general mess meaning you had to search for stuff. The manufacturing areas looked like someone took a bunch of academic research labs and plopped then down and said "you're manufacturing now." You had 16 PhD's during manufacturing jobs and everyone had a different special way to purify an enzyme or run a QC test. Of course like a research lab everyone had their own lab bench, their own pipettes, their own cubicle, no organizational system to speak of, and good written procedures or product specs, "ha who needs those, I know how to get the purification to work, I'm going to just ignore that section of the SOP and do it my way." This is a terrible way to manufacture as you can't reproduce anything, you waste space, you waste time, you can't plan supplies since everyone has their own little stash of buffers and supplies, you have a high failure rate, you have high backorders, and you have no logical product flow. How do you fix this? We all know most people hate change and will passively resist any changes until they realize "Oh you REALLY mean I have to follow the written procedure?", "Oh I REALLY have to wear safety goggles in the lab?"

The only way I've ever seen this behavior changed is to show that you are serious about a new system and constantly harp on it. So you have to say "Yes everything has to be labeled and taped, yes you need to update your metric, yes you have to write up a deviation if you don't follow the procedure, yes you have to work safely and in PPE, and yes the team and your boss are going to check that you did all of that and Heck yes the team is going to talk about it again and again and AGAIN until EVERYONE realizes, "Oh this is a manufacturing lab not an R&D lab". I think BP realizes this and I'd take him as head of manufacturing over MK any day, no offense MK.

The funnies part about all of this, is that after all the complaints about all this stupid organization, about how we are wasting time updating SOPs, and how dare they take my lab bench and pipettes away and make me work in a common area, after these changes take root and are accepted by the team they actually make things SO much better. Less failures, less backorders, quicker turnaround times, standard work, less stock outs, and a lab in which you are proud to work, all make one's job so much easier.

So if you agree with all this and think I do not need to tape everything to change the lab for the better then great, but just realize these over the top methods are not directed at you but are for the benefit of your fellow team members who might not get it as easily as you without a gentle push or hard shove in the right direction. Help them see the benefits. I do sincerely believe if Ambion hadn't started making these changes Ambion would be closing and Foster City would be making Ambion's products right now instead of the other way around.

Wow that was longer than I expected. BTW I'm not in management, I'm just someone that has been lucky to see these improvements at Ambion. I'm interested in your thoughts, but would appreciate something more intelligent than "Wow you're a sucker that bought into all the propaganda.", If that is all you can contribute then never mind.

BP, MA, the whole bunch of

BP, MA, the whole bunch of them, just awful. Spoke with a former Vice Chair at 3M last week and he started laughing when I told him about this 5S crap. I think Ambion must have done pretty reasonably on its own before all of this stuff came up. Speaking of tape, I can think of a couple of scientists in protein production that I wouldn't mind taping up !!!! "Hey babe, wanna get 5s'd !!!"

This PS person in Sales

This PS person in Sales sounds like a real tool, typical for the group.

Finally, someone speaks the

Finally, someone speaks the truth about the biggest empty suit at LIFE, PS. His largest accomplishment as IVGN/LIFE has been keeping his job. It certainly wasn't what he did when he was the "GM" of IVGN Canada - complete and utter disaster.

Life is getting tough at LIFE

Life is getting tough at LIFE in the Sales department. After the miss in Q3 on the Invitrogen legacy products, PS ("sales" VP) is showing some serious signs of stress. After nearly loosing it on an "all-hands" conference call, it's becoming obvious to everyone that he's in a job which is much larger than he can handle. You shouldn't blame PS though, what else would you expect when you have a guy running sales who hasn't ever carried a bag?

Most of us in the sales group are giving him no more than 2 quarters before BB will make some changes. Enjoy it while it lasts PS, your ride is coming to a conclusion.

With Love,
"Just a Guy," speaking for the IVGN AM & TSS team

[quote]Has Life inherited the

[quote]Has Life inherited the "find a better way day" BS for IVGN? Weeks and weeks of spending money, painting the place and working out how you can BS senior management about how good you are.[/quote]

I was so happy when i was invited (read forced) to be a part of it. Really awesome.

Yes they have, 1 Million was spent on the Carlsbad DC. Shined the floors, painted the walls, put up paintings, hung banners etc etc etc. Apparently a warehouse needs huge paintings and shiny floors. It did look really nice though.

They are spending A LOT of money on the 5781 building in Carlsbad. They laid of a lot of people to cut costs with the merger but put over 15 million into the building. I really like how the tiled up the side of the building and put flowers over there. The remodeled bathroom and break room are a nice touch, definitely no better way to spend money like R&D.

So glad I have nothing to do with the science part of Life Tech, people are getting screwed.

Has Life inherited the "find

Has Life inherited the "find a better way day" BS for IVGN? Weeks and weeks of spending money, painting the place and working out how you can BS senior management about how good you are.

[quote]How could you get the

[quote]How could you get the blue tape and the orange tape mixed up? Isn't the location of your blue tape precisely outlined in red tape and the position of your orange tape in purple?[/quote]

Ha. Luckily I do not have to be involved with this 5S nonsense .

I was on a tour for Find A Worse Way Day in Carlsbad, we went to the Warehouse which I must say looked really really good, but I overheard someone say they have to apply new tape once a week because of the equipment they use tear it up/gets it dirty. Such a waste of time.

Better not get that blue tape

Better not get that blue tape and orange tape mixed up.

How could you get the blue tape and the orange tape mixed up? Isn't the location of your blue tape precisely outlined in red tape and the position of your orange tape in purple?

Haha. 5S. As soon as we

Haha. 5S. As soon as we merged with ABI this stuff came out of nowhere and is now pretty much as important as getting our work done, sadly. Better not get that blue tape and orange tape mixed up.

BP is an ass. Every place he

BP is an ass. Every place he has ever worked (12 of them now) has tanked and there have been massive layoffs and closures in several of them. No substance at all. The labs literally spent one working day a week doing 5S exercises, undoing them, and then redoing them. Including taping and labeling everything 3 or 4 ways. he then hired his consultant buddy to imbue people with his hubris.

My favorite quote was being told how I had to "empower the dishwasher". Got a great job with outstanding pay and benefits at a higher level than this retard. I am glad to be out of there and I feel badly for some of the nicer people that are left. They'll close Austin if they see fit-no doubt in my mind. Ran into an old friend who said that they are starting to talk about Singapore being the future of Austin.

This was confirmed months

This was confirmed months ago. It's not news at all.

***Officially

***Officially Confirmed***

Foster City will close by fall of 2010. LIFE will keep a presence in the bay area with a facility in Redwood City. Still yet to be confirmed number of headcount reductions, however, the numbers will be large. Can't say you didn't see this one coming folks.

-Just a Guy

Anyone know much about BP who

Anyone know much about BP who is From AB's Austin site who is now over at Carlsbad. Sr. Director, Manufacturing.

Illumina Announces Scale-Up

Illumina Announces Scale-Up of Genome Analyzers at The Broad Institute
Institute Purchases Additional 30 GAIIx Systems

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today announced that the Broad Institute has purchased 30 additional Genome Analyzers, increasing its total installed base of Illumina systems to 89.

“We’ve significantly expanded our fleet of Genome Analyzers to ramp up our sequencing capabilities in whole genome, whole exome, and whole transcriptome analysis,” said Robert Nicol, director of Sequencing Operations at the Broad Institute. “We are happy with the technology’s accuracy, ease of use and scalability, as well as continued system improvements that have recently enabled us to generate multiple runs with more than 50 gigabases of high quality sequence data.”

“This latest purchase by the Broad Institute is another strong vote of confidence in Illumina’s Genome Analyzer technology and its capacity to evolve to meet the future needs of one of the world’s leading genome centers,” said Matt Posard, vice president of Worldwide Sales at Illumina. “We continue to focus our innovation on simplifying workflow, enhancing scalability and increasing high-quality runs, as the scope of genetic research expands dramatically.”

Designed for facilities of all sizes, the Illumina Genome Analyzer has been adopted across genome centers worldwide, plus individual research labs, core and service facilities, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The Genome Analyzer offers the highest rate of daily output and the simplest and most user-friendly workflow. The Genome Analyzer also offers the broadest set of supported applications, including whole transcriptome profiling and discovery, epigenetic studies, whole genome resequencing, de novo sequencing, targeted resequencing, ChIP-sequencing, bi-sulfite sequencing (DNA methylation), small RNA, mRNA, tag profiling and metagenomics. For more information about the Genome Analyzer and to read what customers are doing with Illumina's sequencing technology, please visit http://www.illumina.com/sequencing.

In addition, Illumina reaffirms its revenue guidance of a minimum of $165 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Camarillo will move to MD.

Camarillo will move to MD.

Also some management in

Also some management in Carlsbad Manufacturing will be getting the ax. When there is a 5-15% fail of QC there are problems.

Yet another round in the blame game for the problems that GL has failed to solved in more than 6 years. Something he hasn't been able to get right at the home base, that propagates out to every site so fortunate to come under his thumb through M&A.

Both the Belgium &

Both the Belgium & Netherlands sites that closed are distribution, new site is in Netherlands.

Camarillo was due to close but up in the air again.

With change of management in Carlsbad, more changes will come.

Just clarify, Belgium is an

Just clarify, Belgium is an IVGN site and Netherlands is an ABI site. I do not know whehter either of these are manufacturing sites, i think they might just be EU distribution sites.

And there is a good chance that the Camarillo site will close, the whole site is a mess. They are having trouble with product quality, over production causing them to throw out millions upon millions of dollars worth of expired product. From what I heard production would move to mainly Eugene, some to Grand Island and one of the Wisconsin sites.

Also some management in Carlsbad Manufacturing will be getting the ax. When there is a 5-15% fail of QC there are problems.

These are just rumors of course but im fairly certain of these. Definitely the latter.

"belgium site closed, moved

"belgium site closed, moved to netherlands."
Any other updates of site RIFs?

belgium site closed, moved to

belgium site closed, moved to netherlands.

Seriously people, We work in

Seriously people, We work in a dynamic industry. If there's one thing you can count on its change. Companies come and go. I've been bought, sold, acquired, transferred, laid off, promoted, and fired. Companies buy other companies. They chop them up and keep what they want. Sell off and destroy the rest. "All things built by man caries within itself the inherant means of it's own destruction." Yes it sucks to watch them throw away something you've spent your life working on. Deal with it! Companies are in business to make money, not to hold your hand. If you can't handle it do something else. Be your own boss. Build something of your own that reflects what you want.

Who are companies supposed to make money for? Their owners or their upper management? Because over the last 6 years of the current CEO, long term investors have gotten a very average return relative to the industry in general. Does this performance justify a CEO salary at the maximum allowed to be deducted as a corporate expense by the IRS?

In addition, a few years back, when the stock price was pretty poor, the board of directors gave GL a very generous performance (~ 50+ million for success) bonus plan to get the stock price to $105 (now $52.50 with the split). At the time, the board publicly stated this would be GL's ONLY performance bonus plan for the period in which it was effect. He hasn't achieved the goal and the board hasn't publicly negated what they said at that time, yet GL continues to rake in the bonuses.

On a character judgement note, the Congressional Representative for Invitrogen's headquarters at the time of GL's appointment to CEO is currently serving time in a federal prison. The CEO of Invitrogen was the last person to give money to the criminal.

"Wow people, a house in

"Wow people, a house in Aspen! The man's a millionaire. What do you expect he's going to do with his money? Give him some credit. He's living the "American dream" If your jealous because the man had enough vision and personal drive to get himself to the level he's at. Maybe you need to look at yourself and address your own short comings instead of blasting someone online for their success."

How long have you been GL's BeeHauch?

Free doesn't count as a sale?

Free doesn't count as a sale?

Hey LIFE-ers, I hear those

Hey LIFE-ers, I hear those SOLiDs aint sellin' ?!

your points are fair enough.

your points are fair enough. so no tto think that i am a NUT!!!! it's just that the disparity between "management" and the "moving parts' of the organization (the science) are farther away than ever, and the perception (mostly correct unfortunately) is that non-technical managers control the destiny of technically driven individuals, and use them as fodder for just plain bad decisions or over leveraging the "good news" propaated upwards for advancement and outward mobility. Hence the grousing, no other outlet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wish I had his dough!

Wow people, a house in Aspen!

Wow people, a house in Aspen! The man's a millionaire. What do you expect he's going to do with his money? Give him some credit. He's living the "American dream" If your jealous because the man had enough vision and personal drive to get himself to the level he's at. Maybe you need to look at yourself and address your own short comings instead of blasting someone online for their success.

It's always the same old story...

It's not what we've done to get ourselves where we are in life. It's what "The Man" has done to, or hasn't done for us. Isn't it so much easier blame someone else? Obviously if we haven't succeeded in our jobs or just in life in general. It has to be someone elses fault, right? Or maybe... Oh I know! We must be the focus of some sort of discrimination or conspiracy!

Seriously people, We work in a dynamic industry. If there's one thing you can count on its change. Companies come and go. I've been bought, sold, acquired, transferred, laid off, promoted, and fired. Companies buy other companies. They chop them up and keep what they want. Sell off and destroy the rest. "All things built by man caries within itself the inherant means of it's own destruction." Yes it sucks to watch them throw away something you've spent your life working on. Deal with it! Companies are in business to make money, not to hold your hand. If you can't handle it do something else. Be your own boss. Build something of your own that reflects what you want.

Or F*ck it. Let's all sit around b*tching about what others have. Slander each other online in infantile atempts to destroy each others reputations. Tie up the legal system with BS lawsuits, and cry wolf to agencies designed to protect us against real injustice.

After all, it is the American way...

"Herd GL may have bought a

"Herd GL may have bought a great new place Aspen!"
Yea, if you are a HBS alum you can be a guest there also.

"Herd GL may have bought a

"Herd GL may have bought a great new place Aspen!"
Yea, if you are a HBS alum you can be a guest there also.

Let's see if replying to this

Let's see if replying to this moves it to the first page, or it stays on page 12, with no way to find it.

Really! ask KC and JB. Look

Really! ask KC and JB. Look at JB contract!. Soon JB's fiancee will be there too.

Just a matter of time before

Just a matter of time before the lot of these guys get busted. Heard the FTC was SEC were looking into various pratices...the industry would be better off with these guys in jail...

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