What's going on at LIFE?

Synergies=Layoffs
coming B4 year end.

In a year LIFE will be paying

In a year LIFE will be paying you to run their instruments....oh wait, they already do.

In a year, you can do it for

In a year, you can do it for free. How's that.

yes, u r an idiot.

yes, u r an idiot.

Forget Illumina and HiSeqs.

Forget Illumina and HiSeqs. Life has them beat hands down.

With my new SOLiD 5500 XL and 0.75 um beads, I am sequencing whole genomes for $1500 each, whole transcriptomes for $300 each, whole exomes for $250 each. It gets cheaper all the time do to syngergies between groups in Life Tech, allowing pricing to decrease steadily while quality increases.

In six months my Ion Torrent PGM will be doing genomes for $500 each, so I am happy that Life has stopped further development and optimization of the SOLiD I just purchased. They are such a fast moving company that the new SOLiD was already outpaced by their great new product. In six months my PGM will do $250 genomes. I cannot wait what I can do in a year, wow!

Yes. That must be it.

Yes. That must be it. Anyone without a bitter, defeatest attitude must be an HR troll.

Or...just throwing this out there...you must be an idiot.

May 18 (Reuters) - Bidders

May 18 (Reuters) - Bidders emerged for allergy-testing company Phadia AB and test-maker Gen-Probe Inc (GPRO.O), according to The Wall Street Journal.

Laboratory equipment company Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (TMO.N) is a leading contender for privately owned Phadia, and is involved in the auction for Gen-Probe, the newspaper reported in its online edition.

Phadia could fetch as much as $3 billion in a sale, while Gen-Probe has a market capitalization of $3.8 billion.

Other bidders for Gen-Probe include Novartis AG (NOVN.VX), and Life Technologies Corp (LIFE.O), the newspaper said.

The companies could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Jessica Hall. Editing by Robert MacMillan) (For more M&A news and our DealZone blog, go to here)

I really have no opinion on

I really have no opinion on SOLiD, having never used it. Seems that sequencing by ligation hasn't kept pace with sequencing by synthesis the last 2 years, though. My only comment was that GL (IVGN, pre-LIFE) passed on Solexa. I think that was a good thing for the scientific community, the technology ended up in much more capable hands. As a result, GL has had to make a tremendous "double-down" bet on Ion Torrent. Failure of IT to meet expectations (and I don't think the expectations are even to compete with HiSeq) will be ugly.

No he is saying Solid sucks,

No he is saying Solid sucks, Solexa is good (which confomrs with my experience too) and Life tech would have ruined Solexa - almost certainly correct.

"Every time I use HiSeq data,

"Every time I use HiSeq data, I'm thankful that GL passed on that technology."

Really, so you would rather use SOLiD data?

someone please fire my boss,

someone please fire my boss, what a loser !

You must be working in Canada. I don't remember receiving so many ridiculous and terrorizing e-mails.

Big gamble on sequencing and

Big gamble on sequencing and no investment in cellular analysis. Advice to investors: sell short.

Big gamble on sequencing, lead by the man who ultimately decided Solexa would be a poor investment. Not that I'm complaining. Every time I use HiSeq data, I'm thankful that GL passed on that technology. I can only imagine what Solexa would have been "synergized" into.

they should consolidate more

they should consolidate more than that.

10/20 by Q4

10/20 by Q4

I believe that qualifies as

I believe that qualifies as "Most". Also, some of the sites that were closed were very small and consolidated.

"most of them......I'm not

"most of them......I'm not sure what your point is."

13/20.

someone please fire my boss,

someone please fire my boss, what a loser !

BB, is that you?

someone please fire my boss,

someone please fire my boss, what a loser !

most of them......I'm not

most of them......I'm not sure what your point is.

http://www.lifetechnologies.c

http://www.lifetechnologies.com/about-life-technologies/global-locations...

look at those in NoRtH AMerIcAs, how many are still there?

LIFE with its next generation

LIFE with its next generation sequencing quest does not need Molecular Probes anymore.
That is why LIFE is laying off people in production, customer service, R&D chemistry and biology one-by-one.
The outcome is obvious.

Yes, no investment in cellular analysis or Molecular Probes site, despite attempts at 'marketing' Molecular Probes as a brand, it is gone. Eugene is positioned for closure- no position for molecular medicine in imaging. Forget Molecular Probes, forget attempt at flow cytometry. Antibody business is a mess, and no investment there. Distributor for Luminex? Now that is really innovative! Whose brilliant idea was that? Someone likely in line for the next leader of genetic systems... Big gamble on sequencing and no investment in cellular analysis. Advice to investors: sell short.

This one is clearly killing

This one is clearly killing you.

Nah, but it's fun poking a stick at the festering wound that is LIFE every once in awhile.

Nope, but it killing you.

Nope, but it killing you. You must be an HR troll.

Absolutely, well said.

Absolutely, well said.

Right, pretty funny that the

Right, pretty funny that the reactionary toady is demanding PROOF of matters of record. Like a company that changed its health insurance to deprive the vast majority of its employees of any meaningful return on the thousands per year the employees pay in premiums and have "death panels" that feel entitled to sit in judgement on denying even the pittance they might grudgingly provide to anyone who might actually need it. Or a company that routinely pays ridiculous prices for acquisitions and frequently, if not usually, ends up destroying the business that made them attractive in the first place and then dismantling them. Who routinely lays off huge percentages of its workforce ostensibly both to "synergize" after taking over a competitor and to fund the latest ridiculous sacred cow after having wasted a fortune in programs mismanaged to failure by incompetent "leaders" - in all events treating human beings like disposable garbage.

The only things that are opinion rather than fact are whether these decisons and actions result strictly from incompetence of senior management or pernicioulsy evil senior management. I have no PROOF of which is more true (and am happy to concede both). Take your pick toad stool. Funny though that you actually think your future is in your hands and you are safe as long as you don't find "fault." Possibly your security is temporarily in your mouth but that is only as stable as the situation of your patron eh. You are as susceptible to the caprices of ebbs and flows as anyone else. And in a hysterically turbulent place like LifeTech, it's only a matter of stochastic time.

Uhh yeah. Sure..whatever. Make whatever sweeping generalizations you want if it makes you feel better. Still won't change the fact that you are a bitter, pathetic whiner.

I doubt anything will make people like you happy. There is ALWAYS something to bi**h about. Always something you don't agree with. Never happy, never satisfied. Must be a wonderful life you have.

Perhaps it is time for you to move on and work in another industry. This one is clearly killing you.

Right, pretty funny that the

Right, pretty funny that the reactionary toady is demanding PROOF of matters of record. Like a company that changed its health insurance to deprive the vast majority of its employees of any meaningful return on the thousands per year the employees pay in premiums and have "death panels" that feel entitled to sit in judgement on denying even the pittance they might grudgingly provide to anyone who might actually need it. Or a company that routinely pays ridiculous prices for acquisitions and frequently, if not usually, ends up destroying the business that made them attractive in the first place and then dismantling them. Who routinely lays off huge percentages of its workforce ostensibly both to "synergize" after taking over a competitor and to fund the latest ridiculous sacred cow after having wasted a fortune in programs mismanaged to failure by incompetent "leaders" - in all events treating human beings like disposable garbage.

The only things that are opinion rather than fact are whether these decisons and actions result strictly from incompetence of senior management or pernicioulsy evil senior management. I have no PROOF of which is more true (and am happy to concede both). Take your pick toad stool. Funny though that you actually think your future is in your hands and you are safe as long as you don't find "fault." Possibly your security is temporarily in your mouth but that is only as stable as the situation of your patron eh. You are as susceptible to the caprices of ebbs and flows as anyone else. And in a hysterically turbulent place like LifeTech, it's only a matter of stochastic time.

LIFE with its next generation

LIFE with its next generation sequencing quest does not need Molecular Probes anymore.
That is why LIFE is laying off people in production, customer service, R&D chemistry and biology one-by-one.

You would think with all the profits that next gen sequencing is generating at LIFE, there would be plenty to reinvest into other areas of the company. Oh sorry, I was thinking of ILMN...

yes, quite obvious.

yes, quite obvious.

LIFE with its next generation

LIFE with its next generation sequencing quest does not need Molecular Probes anymore.
That is why LIFE is laying off people in production, customer service, R&D chemistry and biology one-by-one.
The outcome is obvious.

Madison, no. Bad rumor.

Madison, no. Bad rumor.

Where would they trim in

Where would they trim in Madison? It's a lean operation. Starting to consolidate to a larger site?

The proofs are in the

The proofs are in the layoffs, fools!!.

Nope, but Eugene yes

Nope, but Eugene yes

As usual ZERO proof has ever

As usual ZERO proof has ever been offered up here for any of the BS. NONE.

So which alternative universe are you it? The one where KM never worked for LIFE or the one where he still does?

Heard layoffs starting in

Heard layoffs starting in Madison soon. Any truth to this?

The fact is we love LIFE. We

The fact is we love LIFE. We love our fearless CEO and his lackeys. Without them we won't have a juicy board to read and have great doses of humor each day.

"facts" on this board? Never.

"facts" on this board?

Never. Won't happen. Not from either side.

It's not that great and it's not that bad but no one here can admit that.

Huh, many pages of insight

Huh, many pages of insight into Life Tech's incompetence and depravity since the last bootlicking apologetics. Do you suppose the Life Tech-loving lackey(s) was laid off?

If you are referring to me chicken little - I am still here. There is just no point in posting any facts here anymore. I still read for a good laugh every now and then.

There has never been any "bootlicking apologetics" or Lifetech love here. I, along with many others, have simply pointed out that this forum/rumor mill is rife with stupid and baseless accusations. If even half of the stuff was true that is posted up here daily, Life would not only be out of business, there would be major investigations into all aspects of the company.

As usual ZERO proof has ever been offered up here for any of the BS. NONE.

You bitter trolls have made up your mind that Life is the boogie man and refuse to listen to any reason so keep on blaming everyone else for your shortcomings and problems.

Remember: It's always someone else's fault. Enjoy the bitter existence you have created!

I'm out of here but...I'm sure someone else will post up soon.

Huh, many pages of insight

Huh, many pages of insight into Life Tech's incompetence and depravity since the last bootlicking apologetics. Do you suppose the Life Tech-loving lackey(s) was laid off?

Life Tech will never

Life Tech will never understand anything about digital PCR... The first problem of digital PCR is that horrible Open Array, probably one of the worst piece of lab equipment to be invented... If you paid for one, you should know a few folks get them for free !

My favorite part about this

My favorite part about this juicy string is that between these horrid posts about LIFE leadership are google ads for Ion Torrent and Digital PCR. Good to see we will spend big bucks to advertise on the electronic equivalent of a seedy bar toilet. I wonder how much return that Ion Torrent ad will get being co-located with the diary of KM's demise???? Is that part of LIFE's social media strategy? Haven't seen this one on Marketing Innovation.

Word ! No wonder we need a

Word ! No wonder we need a ministry of culture...

Too funny, BB as the new Head

Too funny, BB as the new Head of Genetic Systems! He's a good sales guy. Strategy is not a strong point for the man. He's got his squishy position now, licking Lucier's boots and orchasrtaing a silly Molecular Medicine initiative. It makes just about everyone laugh out loud when the initiative is uttered. As for the Bitch of Camarillo, Mrs. VBH, she is reviled across the organization as an ass kissing, incompetent, rim licking, whore who would sell anyone of her 16 children for a chance to climb the corporate ladder. She sounds PERFECT for the job! I'll look for the update on the LIFE corporate website. Speaking of that, ouch...Kip's bio was taken down post-haste. I guess your only as good as your last quarter...and last quarter Genetic Systems took a SOLiD ass-hammering.

They should give a promotion

They should give a promotion to BB to replace KM, BB is a mountain of knowledge ya know, a European semi god of biology...

He does not want the news to

He does not want the news to get out because of this. The local papers do not know as of yet.

Maybe they will give KM's old

Maybe they will give KM's old position to VBH...that would be a logical yes-man (gal) promotion and maybe give her the opportunity to stick her head up just high enough to get it lopped off.

Quick look at LIFE leadership shows KM has been erased from the website. Interesting that there is no longer a head of Global R&D as part of the leadership...

"Uplaksh S. Kumar, director

"Uplaksh S. Kumar, director of Frederick operations for global biotech Life Technologies, also was named Executive of the Year.

Life Technologies, of Carlsbad, Calif., has 9,000 employees in 160 countries worldwide. It reported revenues of $3.6 billion in fiscal 2010.

Kumar said his award is a recognition of three things: the county's technology community, Life Technologies' presence in the county and its Frederick employees.

"Even though I get to receive this ... I'm getting it for them," Kumar said of his employees.

Kumar said he expects Life Technologies to continue to invest in Maryland, due to the growth it already has experienced in the state through various grants and incentive programs."

Is this rumor confirmed?

Is this rumor confirmed? Frederick did get a grant from MD for job creation and Kumar was named Executive of the year in the county for bringing jobs to MD. So I think you are full of it. I searched the news media and there were no news concerning this announcement.

"Frederick is moving oligo

"Frederick is moving oligo operations to Pleasanton,CA. by December 30. Laying off 52 people. Don't buy oligos after that because the quality will not be the same. These will be all new people manufacturing oligos. Frederick is currently training these people to do their jobs. Add insult to injury."

Didn't life just get a $500K grant from the state of MD for adding jobs at the site? Cute move if true - rake in dough for jobs added in 2010, cut jobs (and costs) in 2011. Win, win, baby!

Maybe they will give KM's old

Maybe they will give KM's old position to VBH...that would be a logical yes-man (gal) promotion and maybe give her the opportunity to stick her head up just high enough to get it lopped off.

Have they announced who will

Have they announced who will be replacing Kip now that he's been summarily fired? It will be interesting to see what fool steps up for that role. Good luck to the sorry bastard!

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