What's going on at LIFE?

Synergies=Layoffs
coming B4 year end.

If Life had bought a me-too

If Life had bought a me-too company or relied on in-house r&d for sequencing. They would be bankrupt by now.

"A big problem is that even

"A big problem is that even in the high 20's, somewhere around 50% of LIFE's book value would still be intangibles. Where the price is right now, intangibles are insanely high".

I guess LIFE is worth the patents in its possession. They seem to overpaid for companies they bought. Ion Torrent is just another one of that example. Except this one is on the bleeding edge of technology instead.

Nice of them to bring back mr

Nice of them to bring back mr propaganda for their ASHG qpcr talk. That scientist (paid talking head) should be ashamed of himself. For hire scientist are the worst of society.
The company threw so much cash at a party while downsizing. The scientific community, probably first to condemn LIFE practices, should remember that next time they applaud ice sculptors, clown acts and flame thrower like pre pubescent little girls. In the end, last night showed us that the Talibans have won the war.

"They all have to go" Someone

"They all have to go"

Someone or something has to awaken the comatose BOD before that happens. Don't hold your breath.

Which company could be in a

Which company could be in a position to buy LIFE if LIFE stock sinks to the 20's?

A big problem is that even in the high 20's, somewhere around 50% of LIFE's book value would still be intangibles. Where the price is right now, intangibles are insanely high.

G Lucier, a monster?

G Lucier, a monster? Perhaps. But who writes his script, who pulls the puppet's strings? Let's take a guess:

Paul Grossman, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Greg is only the front man!! They all have to go!

"Dear Life Leadership, Why

"Dear Life Leadership, Why have these blogs gone so virulent?"

Dude (or Dudette), you absolutely nailed it. Perfectly.

Dear Life Leadership, Why

Dear Life Leadership,
Why have these blogs gone so virulent?

Over the last couple of years, you have created a culture of fear. The worst thing possible for a company that needs to have open dialog and innovation. We are no where near Apple, Intel, Microsoft or other innovative companies. All this due to the culture of fear created from the top.

I just see the best people being thrown out of the company. Those not thrown out are looking for the exits and the right moment.

how can you change this ship around.

CEO, CFO, HR head out door?

Is there another way at this point.

What can you possibly do to make a culture of trust again? To replace this current icky feeling all of us have but are afraid to express. It is just a really weird place to work now.

I think we can all say here in Frederick, this ride ain't fun no more.

Which company could be in a

Which company could be in a position to buy LIFE if LIFE stock sinks to the 20's?

Big news release

Big news release today:
http://www.lifetechnologies.com/news-gallery/press-releases/2011/life-te...

"Life Technologies Announces Flagship PCR Instrument that Enables Cost-Effective, High-Throughput Screening Applications"

So nice, we can run the QuantStudio™ 12K Flex OpenArray® plates!!!! This will double LT's stock price and so worth the hype. Another win for the youtube video marketing scheme.

"In China, we say American

"In China, we say American have two things in this year: 1. They lost jobs. 2. They lost Jobs"

The Chinese are still rather cocky since they are finally mastering technology from the 1960s and bringing their poverty-stricken polluted country into the 20th century. They have yet to learn or realize that capitalist economies, including their own, are cyclic in nature, characterized by periods of expansion and contraction. Always have been, always will. China won't grow forever. Prepare now. Start hoarding rice.

Look like the street

Look like the street sentiment is negative toward LIFE. Any guess as how much cheaper LIFE will be? May be around where ILMN is trading now at 26 ish. LIFE from the outside suffers from revenue downturn and having internal integration issues. From this board, Morale is also very low. Time to cut the loss.

"In China, we say American

"In China, we say American have two things in this year: 1. They lost jobs. 2. They lost Jobs."

What's your point? Are you trying to be cute or funny? Well, it's neither, and you better stop this crap before the Americans unleash another round China-bashing on you and call you a racist.

Yes, The Onion said it

Yes, The Onion said it best:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/last-american-who-knew-what-the-fuck-he...

In China, we say American

In China, we say American have two things in this year: 1. They lost jobs. 2. They lost Jobs.

Cool thing about technology.

Cool thing about technology. I can post about J Rothberg's cojones while listening to his banter in a lobby at ASHG. Thank you steve jobs, I can make fun of my boss. Something IT will never do.

"Perhaps other outliers are

"Perhaps other outliers are the new products that are continually launched with little or no testing that piss of customers and embarrass the sales force."

This is actually official IVGN policy foisted on employees and customers alike. Disgraceful. IVGN mid-level managers routinely try and "teach" AB staff that Quality is too time consuming and therefore can be overriden.

So tired of this madness, so tired of seeing outsourcing to Austin from FC (sorry Austin, you may be great but all IVGN sees is that you're cheap), so tired of pathetic, ignorant IVGN managers riding heard on "resources" (yes, people); however, am not tired of getting paid, not tired of lampooning IVGN and buffoon CEO who is ripping everyone off. I miss the old days at AB when Quality is what we aspired to with a righteous sense of integrity; now all we have is the "noise, noise, noise" (Grinch) of those who know little speaking loudest from the top of the carrion food chain.

Coworkers: I hope one of you (or many of you or many of us) sues the rolex off Gregory Lucier and his vultures...

Yeah but Life Technologies

Yeah but Life Technologies has GP the Hindi disco fiend with the monster sound. The cool ghoul with the bump transplant.

This company will eventually

This company will eventually fire the current CEO, Greg Lucier, just depends on time. GL cannot lead this company any longer. Life is like a heavy patient. Changing CEO is the only way out. No one can change that. Or this company will be sold out in next year.

Many employees, not those have left, posted in this forum, including me.

GL Have you not realized that

GL
Have you not realized that the majority of the people that are writing these blogs have left the company, and therefore not chickenshit, unlike the top management in LT holding on for a themelves to be acquired and keep their job, whos the chickenshit now?
The feedback from the majority is that they are dismayed how a company they initially respected and enjoyed going to (myself included) has been raped, pillaged, and plundered by the IVGN and AB upper management and like vultures they are, leaving a rotting carcass that no one wants except the jackals.

LIFE will never be

LIFE will never be Apple...Apple had leadership at the top, LIFE has...I don't know what the hell they have at the top but it is not leadership.

"It costs the company money

"It costs the company money to throw them off the sinking ship. I am really humane to them already, pay some almost 1-yr of severance. I know I am NO SJ, but neither is the deadwood to someone like you. Blaming everything on one person is not fair, especially comparing that person to GOD while founding no fault of for themselves."

yes, GL (if you are GL), your are right about the "sinking ship", and it is under your inept leadership. Take your 1 year severance and shove it. As a CEO of a company and you are crying fould and no fair? Give me a break! You and exec cronies are the ones who drove this company to the ground.

Oh of course GL is not

Oh of course GL is not posting here, just one of the many bootlickers who rationalize the conspiracy of terror they have waged against LT employees by choosing to believe everyone let go is deadwood. And everyone left with a grievance is also deadwood which renders their compalints invalid.

Well how about this you snivelling hypocrite - the vast majority of the people laid off made very real contriutions, performing good to excellent work, to build the empire that GL has skimmed to make himself obscenely rich while treating the contributors like disposable garbage. Of course a big shark like that supports a considerable but finite population of remoras - you know the sucker fish that attach themselves to sharks to eat the leftovers, parasites and feces off of them. Now the biggest benefit is that as long as you're sucking onto the anus of the shark, you aren't visible to be the next meal. Of course others see you for what you are and doubtless your wife and kids don't like you very much but hey - at least you're still getting paid. That's something eh

"Blaming everything on one

"Blaming everything on one person is not fair, especially comparing that person to..."

GL
Responsibilities and blames are proportional to salary. You take 33M/yr you have to take more responsibilities and blames. Take less than 3M/yr, save money, save jobs, make good products, and get Less blame. You think you'll get the money free??

BTW, this person that writes as "GL" is not "The Real GL", or is he? Cause if he is then his each minute costs hundreds of dollars for the company! Poor LT!!

"I am working for

"I am working for Apple...."

I salute to you, son. We need more people like you. You prove exactly what I was talking about. I am sick of this entitlement sh*t from the remaining deadwood. It costs the company money to throw them off the sinking ship. I am really humane to them already, pay some almost 1-yr of severance. I know I am NO SJ, but neither is the deadwood to someone like you. Blaming everything on one person is not fair, especially comparing that person to GOD while founding no fault of for themselves.

GL, I am working for Apple.

GL,

I am working for Apple. Left your sh*th*le awhile back after recognizing your failed leadership and yes I am much happy there. Actually, I do agreee with you, we should not compare you to the great late SJ. You are nowhere close to his caliber and capability. It would be an unfair comparision.

Comparing GL to steve jobs,

Comparing GL to steve jobs, is like comparing a 3 year old brat in a peddle car to Mario Andretti.

That's a poor analogy. When you see a 3 year old brat in a pedal car, you understand how he got there. It's a very remote chance, but with time and hard work, that 3 year old might win a Formula 1 championship. The LIFE situation is more like a trout in a pedal car, where you think, "who put that there?" and "that trout is going to die if someone doesn't do something."

With the current balance the

With the current balance the stock price is already in the sky, wake up. More likely is an explosion when the banks cannot continue financing. Then the bubble and you can pick the interesting pieces and don't pay more than you can afford.

If you like Steve Jobs and

If you like Steve Jobs and Apple so much, why don't you turn yourself into an Apps programmer/writer and go work for Apple instead of keep whining in a "sh*t hole" at Life. Comparing GL and SJ is lame. Why don't you compare yourself to some of the happy and rich employees working at Apple, linkedin, Facebook and the likes. Off course, you are too chicken and too inept to move on, right? Then shut the f**k up. After all, no one can control where you work! It's you who is ultimately be responsible for your career, your happiness and your well being!

GL

LIFE will be a lot cheaper in

LIFE will be a lot cheaper in a few weeks. Similar to ILMN fallen from grace. Perhaps, both of these companies will be swallowed up by larger fishes. With ILMN closing price today, a 40% premium at today price is still a bargain.

Life Technologies to buy or

Life Technologies to buy or not to buy, that is the question for the fish wanting to swallow the minnow?

Comparing GL to steve jobs,

Comparing GL to steve jobs, is like comparing a 3 year old brat in a peddle car to Mario Andretti. Steve Jobs left a legacy and a business ethos that many have tried to copy and failed, the reason why he was so successful is that the belived in the company, the product and the marketplace, and also had the techical savvy to push the boundaries
Lucifer on the other hand is a vertically and mentally challenged egotistical dictator. He believes his own bullshit, has no passion for the company, products or customers only the image and 33M per year.
Steve jobs left a pathway for passionate people to review and create their own apples and pixar's. Greg leaves a path of mayhem, poorly managed business' discontent and a ocean of faecal matter for someone else to clean up.
Ladies and gentlemen may i present the architect of disaster ---- Greg Lucier

Somehow I doubt that Steve

Somehow I doubt that Steve Jobs would advise someone to "empower the dishwasher" who basically sat and read comics and newspapers all day.
I also think that Jobs would have the local Six Sigma guy drawn and quartered.

Steve Jobs wouldn't even look

Steve Jobs wouldn't even look at Greg Lucier, he would see his watch collection and his cheap tie get up and run away. Everything Jobs was Greg isn't. Including this cheap and fake recognition.

I listened to a bunch of NPR recordings of Jobs yesterday. The single biggest factor of Apple is that it's a bottom's up company. It always intended to hire people so THEY can tell Apple how to be better and invent things. Apple never hired people to instruct them daily. This is a complete 180 view of Life Tech, hiring soldiers and minions that execute what THEY already know to be a failed plan. Inquire with your street smart staff and they will explain to you how to run a basic company. You, Greg Sir, are no Steve Jobs...and will never leave behind a legacy.

Shame on you.

Steve was an amazing CEO,

Steve was an amazing CEO, compare to the currents: 1) brilliant innovator, 2) stuck with his co-founded company for the entire existance including after beiing fired (and founding Pixar in the meantime), and 3) making the biggest corporate turn around on HBR books.

And all without an MBA...

ILMN the greatest company in

ILMN the greatest company in the sequencing business is down 22%+ due to missed revenue (soft government spending). How will LIFE earning fare?

Steve was an amazing CEO,

Steve was an amazing CEO, compare to the currents: 1) brilliant innovator, 2) stuck with his co-founded company for the entire existance including after beiing fired (and founding Pixar in the meantime), and 3) making the biggest corporate turn around on HBR books. He didn't sell out for the press, the politics or for the bonus. Greg Lucier and others who idolize Apple, should learn the lesson that personal comittment, not bullshit, equal success. RIP SJ, you will become the essence of success for every MBA program in the next 10-15 years.

Greg shut your dripping mouth and get to work, innovate and turn this company around, I challenge you. You are not smart enough, just a wanna be. Stop trying to pretend to be Mac.

Today Mr. Steve J died. The

Today Mr. Steve J died. The world lost the greatest CEO and innovator of all time. Would a tear drop for your CEO?

I dunno if I would have been

I dunno if I would have been so specific about which group i was let go from.

Expect around 50 to 100 MORE

Expect around 50 to 100 MORE people to be laid off by years end.

when were you laid off? Has a

when were you laid off? Has a new round started?

i was laidoff from spec chem

i was laidoff from spec chem group.. managers are complete incompetents!! at foster city

"how can a solid be bought

"how can a solid be bought for 15K when its costs more than that to build it. "

It depends a lot on how much LIFE has to pay Hitachi not to build them. If they owe them a certain amount of money regardless of whether the machines are build or not, it might be worth it to sell them off for 15K. Although the previous poster had tongue firmly in cheek...

Well of course the "Open

Well of course the "Open Community" is partly a marketing gig to make people think they are special by signing on for a cult. Apple does that well and, of course so does the Church of Scientology. And then of course there's the Publisher's Clearhouse inducement aspect, "all you need to do is buy our magazines and there is a very good chance you'll win a million dollars - in fact, you may already..." Finally Lucifer and Rothberg clearly see this as a path to eliminating R&D entirely from the P&L by fooling the customers into doing it. Well I've seen other companies try to pull that off before and I imagine it will work just as well for IT, soon to be the sole surviving entity of ivgn/gibco/brl/genicon/Molecular Probes/Qdot/.../.../.../.../.../ABI/Ambion/IT.

how can a solid be bought for

how can a solid be bought for 15K when its costs more than that to build it. The 5500 (aka solid, Magnum PI, POS etc) cannot be built, shipped, or installed consistantly and thats why the emphasis on the PGM. However compared to the PGM a better machine with a lot more cpacity and capability.

"Anyone want to comment on

"Anyone want to comment on this?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Open-Ion-Community-Fuels-Race-prnews-70491..."

Is that paid trip to a scientific conference on a super yacht?

"Currently there are 541

"Currently there are 541 “active solvers” according to Innocentive. This is not a measure of how many active accuracy challengers out there but merely the number of people who have clicked on the terms and conditions so they can view the competition details. Also in a recent press release, the claim was that there were 1000 Life Grand Challengers. Many of these would be Accuracy challengers as the other two challenges require a PGM. Again it has not distinguished between active and the Innocentive count.

To be active in the grand challenge, the challenger must have done the following

*Join the Ion Community – TorrentDev space – 54 active out of 2694 possible people. Less than a handful have discussed Challenge specific topics.
*Read the technical specs on the Raw Image Acquistion File Format (DAT file) – less than 60 views on this document and most was actually me returning to it!
*Downloaded the latest source code (optional) - 35 views for latest. Earlier version has 500+ views."

Are you insinuating that Life marketing is somewhat less than truthful?

rotheberg can be CEO/captain

rotheberg can be CEO/captain of the USS SOLiD 5500 super yacht. Just imagine what his marketing/scientific team can accomplish:

The 5500xl has many new features. It will have independent flowchip lane operation, which will offer four 6 lane flowchips which can run different chemistries in each lane with or without sample barcoding. The 5500xl will feature exact-a-mundo call chemistry, new multiple base encoding for improved accuracy (>110%, Q600) which will allow the data to be output in Base Space. The 5500xl is extremely fast at 30 TB/day (total throughput is 180-360 TB). Run times are reduced: a 75x35 paired-end run will take only 1.5 days and a one lane 35 bp run will take 1 hour. Another new feature is on-line data processing before the run is actually performed. The SOLiD will now cost $15K to buy and $50 to run.

Or you could just run your samples on a HiSeq...

what is going on with the

what is going on with the Solid 5500 product?

Currently there are 541

Currently there are 541 “active solvers” according to Innocentive. This is not a measure of how many active accuracy challengers out there but merely the number of people who have clicked on the terms and conditions so they can view the competition details. Also in a recent press release, the claim was that there were 1000 Life Grand Challengers. Many of these would be Accuracy challengers as the other two challenges require a PGM. Again it has not distinguished between active and the Innocentive count.

To be active in the grand challenge, the challenger must have done the following

*Join the Ion Community – TorrentDev space – 54 active out of 2694 possible people. Less than a handful have discussed Challenge specific topics.
*Read the technical specs on the Raw Image Acquistion File Format (DAT file) – less than 60 views on this document and most was actually me returning to it!
*Downloaded the latest source code (optional) - 35 views for latest. Earlier version has 500+ views.

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